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A Guide to Pre-Purchasing Cemetery Plots
Jul 07, 2020   11:14 AM
by Karen

Death is something none of us wants to plan for, but pre-purchasing cemetery plots for burial has plenty of benefits. Not only does it save your loved ones plenty of trouble in planning your funeral after you pass away, you also have the option of choosing the exact plot you want your remains to be buried in.

There are different types of cemetery plots, also known as funeral plots or burial plots. Here are some of the most common ones.

  • Single plot, which is a burial plot meant for a single individual.
  • Side-by-side plot, which refers to two plots which are located next to each other for burying two people, usually couple. They are also known as companion plots.
  • Double-depth plot, which is burial space for two people to be buried on top of each other.
  • Private estate, available in some cemeteries, allow you and your family to be buried in a reserved private space.

When you purchase a plot, it doesn’t mean that you are purchasing the land itself, but rather the right to buried in that land. This is referred to as interment rights. The rights holder, through written permission, can also have someone else buried in that plot of land.

In most states in the US, the price of funeral plots vary from $1000 to $5000. Of course, there are plenty of other factors at play apart from the state in which you buy the plot. The type of plot you buy as well was when you buy can affect the price. Pre-purchasing often has lower costs compared to the inflated prices you can expect years from now.

Additional costs

There are several additional costs you will have to consider as well such as a grave liner, installation of the headstone or monument, endowment care, opening and closing of the grave, annual maintenance fees, etc.

In the US, once you purchase a burial plot, you have the rights to be buried in it indefinitely. However, there may be variations from state to state.


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Why Advance Care Planning Has Become Even More Necessary Now During the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic
Jun 04, 2020   10:56 AM
by Karen

When pregnant women visit the hospital, they already have a “birth plan” in place. However, the same is not true for people when they get admitted to hospitals with an illness. We rarely have a “death plan”. Now, more than ever, it is crucial to prepare with end-of-life planning. Medical practitioners are urging people to have their advance care directives in place, or at least, in the drafting stage when they come to the hospital for admittance.

Advance directives basically consist of written instructions pertaining to your care, which let your medical and familial caregivers know how you’d like your treatment to progress if you can no longer speak for yourself. For example, a living will is a kind of advanced care directive. Appointing your power of attorney is also in line with advanced care planning.

The culture and society we live in traditionally practices denial of our impending death. As a result, the government does not have policies in place which deliver the public with sufficient information on how to carry out end-of-life planning. Even our medical professionals are uncomfortable in broaching that discussion early into a person’s treatment.

You Can Reduce the Guilt and Trauma You Feel Later By Encouraging End of Life Planning

Aggressive medical interventions can take a toll on the patient’s family and friends. If the individual had been encouraged to participate in advanced care planning, the family would no longer have had to shoulder the responsibility of making these life-altering decisions for them. It would lessen their guilt and trauma.

The Novel Coronavirus pandemic has brought humanity to a point where we are all questioning the certainty of life. So, there is no better time than now to roll up your sleeves and dig deep into how you’d like to be put to rest when your days are numbered. Advanced care planning can help you and your close ones rest easy.


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Common Misconceptions About Pre-Planning Your Own Funeral
Jan 31, 2020   11:22 AM
by Karen

Pre-planning your own funeral has a ton of benefits, yet many people still don’t consider it. Most people don’t understand the advantages pre-planning brings to their family and this is because the process is shrouded with misconceptions. Below, we discuss these common misconceptions about pre-planning your own funeral.

  • You don’t need to pre-plan your funeral if you are financially secure

Pre-planning your funeral may help you plan more effectively, thus cutting costs. This has given rise to the notion that if you are financially secure and you or your family can afford a funeral that isn’t pre-planned, then you don’t need to pre-plan. This is not true. Anyone, regardless of their financial background, can benefit from funeral planning.

  • It is too time-consuming and complicated

It’s easy to think that pre-planning your own funeral would be a complicated process that takes up a lot of your time and energy, but this isn’t the case at all. In fact, all you have to do is fill out a form and tell the funeral director what your requirements are. The funeral director will provide you with assistance every step of the way.

  • You can simply tell your family your funeral wishes

If you think that you don’t need to pre-plan your funeral because you can simply tell your family your funeral wishes, think again. There are chances of misunderstandings and miscommunications, or you might miss something. After all, funeral planning is much more than simply choosing between cremation and a burial.

  • It doesn’t matter because you won’t be here

It’s your funeral and you won’t be here, so it’s not your problem, right? While this holds true to a certain extent, you may want to think about your family, who will have to take the responsibility of planning your funeral. They would already be grieving, and taking a huge task like funeral planning off their hands would allow them space and time to mourn the passing of a loved one without having worries.  


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What To Know About Choosing A Cemetery
Nov 07, 2019   08:32 AM
by Karen

What To Know About Choosing A Cemetery

In every funeral arrangement, the choice of the cemetery is an essential factor. It is, after all, the place where the body is buried and laid to rest. If you are pre-planning your funeral, or whether you are planning funeral arrangements for someone else, there are a few things that you need to consider before choosing a final resting place.

To make sure that you choose the right cemetery, remember to ask these questions below.


Which type of cemetery should you choose?

There are different types of cemeteries, including cemetery associations, private memorial cemeteries, religious cemeteries, district or municipal cemeteries, national or veterans’ cemeteries, and home burial.

Usually, cemetery associations are the most common choice. They are non-profit and run by a volunteer board of directors for the benefit of a local community. Religious cemeteries are another popular choice. They are also non-profit and owned by a religious organization such as the church. Private memorial parks are owned and operated by a private corporation. District or municipal cemeteries are another option. They are non-profit and owned either by the city or the county. You can even choose burial in your own property.

What are the rules and requirements of the cemetery?

Each cemetery may have different rules regarding burial and other related things, such as the types and sizes of headstones, types of decorations, etc. There may be additional charges or fees as well. Remember to check if the cemetery can meet your personal requirements.

What is the location of the cemetery?

If the person who died had already chosen a burial plot while they were alive, then the location of the cemetery is not a problem. But if they haven’t, then it is up to you to choose a cemetery location that is the most meaningful. While some want to be buried where they lived, some may wish to rest in the place where they grew up. Proximity to loved ones is another consideration.


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Funeral Costs – Everything You Should Know
Oct 03, 2019   09:24 AM
by Karen

While dealing with the death of a loved one you also have to plan a funeral. Before getting in touch with burial planning professionals, the question on your mind is – how much is this going to cost?

According to the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) the median cost of such an event, with burial will cost $7,360. If you don’t take the adequate steps to prepare yourself and your family, it is common to experience financial hardship.

Given below is everything you need to know about funeral costs, along with how you can pay this type of service:

Basic services fee

When preparing for a funeral, the highest cost will be the basic services fee. You will be paying for the following:

  • Obtaining permits for funeral
  • Contacting and coordinating with a cemetery
  • Planning the funeral

On average, you will be paying $2,000 for this service. However, these fees can change depending on your state of residence.


Another expensive cost when it comes to planning a funeral is the casket. The type you choose along with the material of construction determines how much you have to spend. The price for caskets can vary from hundreds to thousands of dollars.

Preparation and transportation of remains

You need to pay the burial planning professionals for preparing the remains of the loved one.

  • The most common process is embalming if you are going to have an open-casket service.
  • If you want cosmetic preparation services, such as clothing, hairdressing, and applying makeup, the cost will go up.
  • The burial planning professionals will charge you for transporting the remains to the mortuary.

How to pay for funeral costs?

A common method is to rely on the provider to cover these costs if the deceased had life insurance. While you can opt for companies that specialize in burial insurance, it can be an expensive affair.

The best option will be to find out if the burial planning professionals have financing options available. With this strategy, you can break down the costs over several months, making it easier to pay off the amount.


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Early Planning for Proper Farewells
Feb 05, 2018   03:43 PM
by Karen


Making all the necessary arrangements for bidding a proper farewell to your loved one from this world requires some time and preparation. Funeral services are the last parting gesture connecting one to this world. There are important details and expectations regarding how one might want to depart from this world. There are internment decisions to be made (burial, cremation, burial at sea, donation, medicine, eulogies obituaries, and so on), things that you would want to leave behind and how you want to be treated on your final day. All of this requires pre-planning. It is advised to draw up an estimate of cost based on one’s expectations.

There are quite a few financially beneficial options present such as funeral insurance, pre-booking of cemetery space, and pre-need contracts for funeral services. Your final resting place should be a place of your approval. So it is wise to make an early choice on the type of casket or urn of your preference. Pre-need vessels are quite common today. You might also want to organize all your personal information and documents. This will make things easier while framing your obituary.

There are a variety of funeral events that can be organized at the final day. You can choose to observe your religious rites or have a wake. You can also have a viewing or a gathering of your friends and family afterwards. You can choose services or acts carried out to honor your last wishes. Make an early note of them. Decide upon your favorite song or hymn that you would like to be played on that day. Finally, draw up a list of people that you would want to be notified after your departure. Your family, friends, and colleagues at various organizations, whoever you think would be affected, should be on the list.

With careful pre-planning and management of resources, you can make your final day a profound gesture to your loved ones.


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Top Reasons Why You Should Pre-Plan Your Funeral
Dec 19, 2017   10:10 AM
by Karen


It’s no doubt that death is an uncomfortable subject to talk about. You may think that planning your own funeral in advance is as grim as it gets, but it’s extremely important. In fact, many people have considered pre-planning their own funeral a must. After all, it has so many benefits. Some of them are listed below.


  1. Allow your family to grieve and mourn in peace

When your time comes, your family will undoubtedly be under a lot of emotional stress. They will be in grief. On top of this, if you do not pre-plan your own funeral, they will have to deal with the extra burden of planning it for you. But if you have all your affairs in order before you die, it means they will have time to properly mourn and give you a meaningful final goodbye.


  1. Lift the financial burden from your family

Funerals can be very financially draining. This means that your grieving family will have an extra burden on their shoulders too. But when you pre-plan, you make the payments for your own funeral beforehand. This removes a huge financial load from your family, and allows them to focus on making your funeral meaningful for them.


  1. Enables you to have a funeral exactly the way you want it

When you pre-plan, you have the freedom to make every choice the way you want it. Do you want to be buried or cremated? Do you want an open casket or closed casket? Which music do you want to be played? In short, every wish of yours on how you want to be let go can be followed. If you have any specific preferences, all you have to do is list them down on your funeral plan. Even if you don’t want a funeral, that can also be followed.


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