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COPING WITH DEATH
Key decisions you can make
to memorialize a loved one
Despite the certainty of death,
many Americans delay dealing
with the fact and avoid funeral
In fact, nearly three in fi ve Americans
aren’t confi dent they could plan a
funeral for themselves, let alone a loved
one, according to a survey conducted
by RememberingALife.com, which was
created by the National Funeral Directors
Association to empower families
in their funeral planning, help them
understand memorialization options
and support them as they navigate their
grief aft er a death.
One of the main challenges in planning
a funeral for a loved one is ensuring
the service captures the person’s
life and memories.
However, according to the survey,
just 41.2% of respondents know the
deceased’s preferences for a funeral,
burial or cremation, and 26.5% have not
discussed their preferences with loved
ones, though they do feel confi dent
their family and friends would plan
an appropriate funeral or memorial
service for them.
To kickstart the planning process,
consider discussing these decisions
with your loved ones:
CREMATION OR BURIAL
Despite the growing popularity of
cremation, burial is still important to
There are many factors that go into
this decision, such as religion, environmental
factors, cost and more.
One of the most impactful parts of
the service can be the eulogy. Think
about who knows you best and would
be comfortable speaking. Some choose
to write their own eulogy. Either way,
eulogies can provide closure and honor
AFTER THE SERVICE
While services are an opportunity
for loved ones to grieve and heal together,
it’s important to consider how
to keep memories alive, such as by
planting a tree, scattering cremated
remains in a special location or visiting
a gravesite. Any of these options can
help a family continue to pay tribute to
— Courtesy Family Features
are our first priority.
A funeral service represents a family’s
final farewell to their loved one. Knowing this,
we go beyond what is expected to ensure
the ceremony is beautiful and memorable...
a truly fitting tribute to that special life.
We invite you to visit us to meet our staff
and tour our facility. We think you’ll be
pleased to find that making lasting impressions
is our first priority.
MORTON FUNERAL HOME /
Continuing a proud tradition of dignified, personal service.
Village Chapels, Inc.
67-67 Eliot Avenue
Middle Village, NY 11379
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