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Funeral Attire Questions and Answers

Funeral Attire Questions and Answers

What to Wear to a funeral?

A funeral is one situation where you have to follow an attire code. Generally, you want to wear black clothes or darker clothes in general. This is a sign of respect and appreciation, but you also show that you are mourning the person. This is why you always want to wear darker colored and darker tones in general. It’s the ideal thing, and you don’t want to step away from that too much.

The same thing can be said with the style of clothing. You want it to be respectful, so short skirts aren’t really ok here. Going with a more respectful attire is crucial here, and it’s certainly one thing to consider as much as possible. That’s undoubtedly a thing to take into consideration.

How do you look stylish at a funeral?

Even if the funeral attire is usually very specific and it has little room to work with, you can still look stylish at a funeral. Ideally, you want to go with darker tones while still exuding class. We recommend avoiding anything that’s revealing. Instead, you want to wear high-quality clothing that looks great and conveys a good look. You can also experiment but keep it classy and with darker tones. The idea is not to stand out but still look great, which is exactly why a trial and error approach never hurts.

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Planning a Funeral: Most Common Questions and Answers

Planning a Funeral: Most Common Questions and Answers

Planning a funeral can be time-consuming and it has its fair share of challenges, but it’s also one of those things we need to do in order to appreciate our loved ones that just passed away. With that in mind, it can be hard to plan a funeral without knowing where and how to get started. Here are some of the most common questions and answers related to planning a funeral.

When should you start planning your funeral?

Ideally, you want to prepare your estate and a funeral early on in your life. Stats are showing that preparing your funeral during your 30s can be a very good idea, although you can easily do it later on in your life. It’s also recommended to get life insurance when you are 35 or older, as it might be helpful. Of course, there’s no right or wrong answer when it comes to funeral planning. Just get started whenever you feel it’s the right time for that.

Is pre-planning a funeral a good idea?

The idea of pre-planning a funeral might not be such a bad thing after all. You always want to be prepared for any possible issues that can arise. That’s why being prepared can really help and it’s one of those things that will make a huge difference. You are not a burden on your family, instead you prepare everything and they will follow the guidelines you left. It’s the ideal thing to do and it will actually help more than you might expect.

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How to Buy a Cemetery Plot?

How to Buy a Cemetery Plot?

Buying a cemetery plot is a very important decision and one that you shouldn’t take lightly. There are a lot of factors to keep in mind when purchasing a cemetery plot. With that being said, there are 3 main steps that you need to focus on when buying a cemetery plot, each one with its fair share of pros and cons. However,, the right cemetery plot doesn’t have to be the largest one you can find. Smaller cemetery plots are still more than ok, and they will convey a very good value.

Things to consider when selecting the site

Generally, there are a large variety of small things to keep in mind when you select the cemetery plot and its location. Obviously, you want to narrow down and see if you go with a casketed burial or with cremation. Depending on the option, you will be a bit limited when it comes to the cemetery plot you can buy. It’s a good idea to buy the cemetery plot in advance, so you can avoid last minute problems and many other issues that can arise. After all, the better you are prepared for this, the easier it will be to handle when the time comes.

You also want to figure out if you want an in-ground burial or if you want to go with an above ground entombment. Both of them are very common, so it’s up to you to choose what works for you and what value you can bring to the table. That alone can really make it very interesting and you can identify the better option with great ease. Then there’s also the type of permanent memorialization you want to have. All of these can make it easier to identify the ideal place and option, while also figuring out some of the specifics, which is definitely a thing to keep in mind here.

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How to Donate a Body to Science After Death

How to Donate a Body to Science After Death

If you wish to donate your body to science, now it is possible after you have passed away. However, first consult the anatomical institute of one of the universities or hospitals to consider the procedures, as this is different from organ or tissue donor registration. However, if you are already a registered organ or tissue donor, it plays a significant role in body donation.

You need to request permission from an anatomical institution for body donation to science and medical research. They need a handwritten statement saying that you desire your body to be given to medical science after your death. For the institute record, you must also sign and date the declaration.

Acceptance criteria for Body Donation

Many individuals, such as those with cancer, heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, and other chronic conditions, fulfil the requirement for donation. The final acceptance criteria depend on conditions like HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B or C, COVID-19 (symptoms, exposure, or diagnosis), unusually high or low body mass index (BMI), permission challenges, location of residence or passing, legal matters, condition of the body at the time of passing, or any failure to place the donation with current medical research or educational projects at the time of passing.

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A Guide to Funeral Processions

A Guide to Funeral Processions

Funeral processions are very important and a crucial part of the funeral service. They are designed to bring comfort to the friends and family of a person that just passed away. Knowing the funeral procession etiquette and understanding religious funeral customs is very important and it can make a huge difference. You have to ensure that you understand how these things work and how you can follow the right guidelines and be certain that everything is done to the letter.

Understanding what a funeral procession is

The funeral procession is the family and friends of a person that passed away following their coffin as they are taken to their resting place. It’s also known as a funeral cortege. This procession starts at the funeral home, or at the home of the person, and it follows the coffin to the burial place. Sometimes the funeral procession goes to the funeral service location or the committal, it depends on the situation at hand.

What you will notice is that most of the time you will have a funeral director. He is the one that leads the cortege on foot for a small distance, at least before it gets into the hearse. With that in mind, once they reach the crematorium, cemetery, or the place of worship, they will lead the cortege on foot again, which is extremely important.

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Guide to Attending a Funeral During a Family Feud

Guide to Attending a Funeral During a Family Feud

Family conflicts happen, and they can end up diminishing the relationships that people have with one another. However, when you are in the middle of a family conflict and one of the family members dies, that ends up becoming a huge challenge. It’s certainly not something easy to do, and you have to ensure you adapt and implement everything properly. That doesn’t mean it will be easy to do, but in the end what matters is keeping your family together and dealing with any family feuds the best way that you can.

In fact, it’s a good idea to ensure that you and the ones you have a feud with put it aside and focus on making the funeral a celebration of life, rather than a place to air your grievances. On top of that, you want to ensure that you study religious funeral customs and see exactly what you need to follow and stick to those guidelines. You may even find a lot of customs that you never knew existed, which is quite common in a situation like this. Adapting and implementing accordingly is always going to be a bit of a challenge, but that’s what makes things work in the end.

Compromise is key

Having a way to compromise is crucial here since it shows that nothing is more important than the funeral. A good idea is to try and squash any of the beef on the phone or a video call before you meet at the funeral. Doing that is crucial, because no one wants to see people fighting during a funeral. It’s not appropriate and it’s also a sign of disrespect for the person that passed away.

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How to Find a Will After Someone Dies

How to Find a Will After Someone Dies

Many times when someone close to us dies, we might not have full disclosure as to whether or not they had prepared a will prior to their passing. Other times, the family of the deceased is well aware there is a will, but simply has no access to a copy. Traditionally, most people have an attorney write and keep their will, or choose to file it in a probate court. However, there are many cases in which the deceased may choose to write and keep the will themselves prior to their passing by filling out an online form. Regardless of your situation and how your loved one’s will has been filed or stored, continue reading to find out how you can find a will after someone has died. 

How Can You Find Out If There Was Even a Will?

When trying to find out if someone left will, the answer might be more obvious or transparent than you think. Nonetheless, in many cases finding out if someone left a will can take time and effort, including getting help from a professional. 

Options to consider when trying to find out if someone left a will:

1) Contact close family members or relatives

It’s not unusual for people to leave their will in the hands of someone in the family or close friend who can properly protect and store it until their passing. Make it a priority to ask those related to the deceased with an understanding of legal protocols. Most people prefer referring to those in the field whom they are closely connected to over hiring someone outside of the family or their friend’s group. 

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What is a Legal Pronouncement of Death and How Do You Obtain One?

What is a Legal Pronouncement of Death and How Do You Obtain One?

Saying goodbye is never easy. Letting go of someone you love and acknowledging their passing are by far some of the most heart-rending experiences you can encounter. As you are grieving your loved one, it can be challenging to find the mental and emotional strength to determine the next steps to take after a loved one dies.

After a loved one’s passing, it is necessary to obtain a legal pronouncement of their death. In today’s post, we will be taking a closer look at what a pronouncement of death entails and its value, and offer guidance on how you can obtain one. 

What Is a Pronouncement of Death?

Since the beginning of time, family members of the deceased would usually count on either a religious leader, doctor, law official, or nurse to legally and officially pronounce whether he or she has died or not. This is one of the few shared experiences that universally applies to most cultures and religions after someone’s life comes to an end. Serving as an official representation to announce that someone has passed, a pronouncement of death holds significant meaning to the bereaved family. 

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How to Talk to Your Parents About Estate Planning

How to Talk to Your Parents About Estate Planning

If there is one thing certain about life, it is that it ends, and many times unexpectedly. Anticipating the death of parents, those who raised you and prepared you for this life can be very emotionally challenging. It is difficult to confront the fact that one day your parents’ time will come. For this reason, it is common for both parents and their children to avoid discussing estate planning. But discussing estate planning is important to ensure that the estate will be managed appropriately and the right heirs will have rights to the estate after one’s parents are gone. This topic’s conversation isn’t an easy one by any means, but one of great importance. 

Many people fail to have this conversation with their loved ones for various reasons due to lack of knowledge, avoidance, or worrying  about family members’ reactions. But the cost of avoiding it can be monumental and negatively affect the family. The children may have unending feuds amongst themselves especially if they do not know what their parents’ wishes were. After all, It is quite likely that the children, after their parents’ deaths, will make decisions from those their parents would have made. 

Therefore, it is vital to have “the talk” with your parents as adults before they are gone. Here are a few tips on how to approach this topic.

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A Guide to Hindu Funeral Customs and Traditions

A Guide to Hindu Funeral Customs and Traditions

PLANNING A HINDU FUNERAL CEREMONY?

 

“As with other religions, Hindu funeral rites and traditions vary to match the wants and needs of each religious sect and each family.”

 

Hinduism is the world’s third most popular religion. It is estimated that nearly a billion people follow it. Hinduism, unlike other religions, has no founder and no common creed or theory. The religion, which is most common among Asian Indians, believes that God exists within and beyond all beings and objects in the universe. It teaches that each soul’s essence is divine and that the purpose of existence is to become aware of that divine essence.

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