If you are in the process of choosing a headstone for a loved one, you may feel overwhelmed about this decision during an already emotionally challenging time. After all, the headstone will be your loved one’s final resting place, and you want to choose wisely and carefully to pay respect to your loved one and honor their life and legacy.
Understanding how to navigate this process will help you pay tribute to your loved one as well as offer you peace and closure during this time. We have compiled a guide with everything you need to purchase the right headstone for your loved one.
It is a sad reality of life. At some point or another you may find yourself having to make funeral arrangements for a loved one. While it is of course an emotionally difficult time, knowing how to shop for the right funeral home to honor your loved one’s life and legacy can help make the process a little easier and less stressful.
It is smart to try to plan ahead if you can. If you can’t, you may fall into the trap that many unfortunately do of rushing into shopping for a funeral home, and choosing the first one that is convenient or one that has been used by their family before, which can lead to overpaying for goods and services.
While the idea of comparison shopping for a funeral home may seem a little odd, it can be invaluable in helping potentially save you some money and heartache, and ultimately find the best final place to pay homage to your loved one.
The untimely death of a loved one is among the most devastating events that an individual or a family can endure. Often, the pain caused by the unexpected (and in some cases, preventable) death of an individual is exacerbated by the resentment that can build amongst family members, relatives, and close friends when they feel that the actions of another individual or entity are to blame, which has yet to be held accountable. The phrase wrongful death refers to a set of circumstances when the negligent actions of an individual or an entity are responsible for the untimely death of another individual (the victim) which may have otherwise been avoidable.
The number of circumstances and scenarios which can be classified as wrongful death are innumerable; however, virtually every case involves some degree of negligence on the part of the surviving participant(s) to the event. Jason Melton is a leading wrongful death litigation attorney, victim’s right’s advocate and Managing Partner at Whittel & Melton, LLC, a Florida-based law firm specializing in wrongful death litigation. His Firm has been recognized by its peers for being among the preeminent Plaintiff’s Right’s law firms in country due to its extensive track record and continued involvement in marquis tort litigation that sets legal precedent and impacts case law for years to come.
We sat down with Jason to discuss how the average person can learn to identify the top-5 most common wrongful death scenarios. Jason starts “The determining factor in identifying wrongful death is the degree of negligence or harm that was inflicted by an individual or company [defendant] upon the decedent [complainant] or its surviving family due to the oversight, disregard or careless action of those involved in the situation of death or those entrusted with his/her care, employment, or safe travel. If a family member or loved one has passed away under circumstances like those mentioned, you may want to explore wrongful death representation by a reputable law firm.” Jason continues, “Often, identifying wrongful death can be a difficult task and one that is made more painful due to the degree of diligence that is required to examine the context in which a loved one passed away.” Scenarios of wrongful death can include:
While the passing of a loved one is one of the most emotionally difficult things you can deal with, choosing the right funeral home to celebrate and honor their legacy will help bring peace and closure. And while you are grieving, it can be challenging to navigate the process of finding a funeral home to prepare end-of-life arrangements for your loved one. Whether you are mourning the death of a loved one right now, or pre-planning, we have created a handy guide below, offering tips and advice to help you find a local funeral home that will be right for you.
It is important that the location of the funeral home is close enough for you and your family to comfortably commute to, as you will be making several visits there. You may also want to consider the location that your loved one would have preferred to have their service performed at and factor that into the decision. If you will be arranging a burial service after the funeral proceedings, you should also consider the funeral home’s proximity to the cemetery or burial site and find out if the funeral home will offer transportation services for you and your family, as well.
This is an emotionally trying time, and the last thing you want is to feel guilted into purchasing a package of unnecessary things that can potentially hike up the price of the service. The funeral home you choose should be upfront, honest and transparent in their pricing, as well as abide by the Federal Trade Commission’s Funeral Rule (you can find out more about your rights according to the stipulations of the law, at the link here) It is a delicate balance, finding a funeral home that will work within with your budget, while paying tribute to your loved one in a meaningful way.
For a funeral director, the most important part of his position is to help a grieving family through a certainly difficult situation. Funeral directors are well trained in how to give comfort to a family member who has suffered a great loss. A large part of a funeral director’s services to a family is to connect them with support, advice, even groups that may be helpful for people who are grieving.
In addition to consoling the bereaved, licensed funeral directors are prepared to ease the process of funeral planning. The director can walk you through each step of the funeral arrangements.
The first part of a funeral home or mortuary services start immediately after a death occurs. The deceased is brought from the place of death, whether it be the home, a hospital, nursing home, or elsewhere, to the local funeral home. You may or may not know this, but a funeral home is one of your first calls when a loved one passes. The transfer of the body from one place to the funeral home is actually completely arranged by the funeral home director. If your loved one passes out of the state or the country, it is still the director’s responsibility to bring him or her home.
Family members of a certain age may be wondering about how and when to buy a cemetery plot for themselves or their loved ones. Is it a task done prior to one’s passing or afterward? We’re here to tell you why it’s a good idea to purchase a cemetery plot in advance, as opposed to waiting.
When you buy cemetery plots, interestingly enough you’re really purchasing real estate. You are purchasing the right to be buried on that piece of land, which is also called “Interment Rights.”
As with real estate, you will want to shop around and find a good deal, which means you and your family members will need the time to do so. Leaving your family without a preplanned funeral can pile stress onto an already difficult situation. One way to help them, and save money, is to buy a gravesite in advance.
With respect to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic we’re living in, times are tragic, traumatic, and tricky. We are left with so many questions about how to console one another, and ourselves. People we love are passing away, friends are losing their loved ones. In addition to people we love dying of COVID-19, we are unsure how to lay to rest our departed and how to appropriately comfort those we love who are mourning. So, let’s take a minute to address the elephant in the room — should we be attending funerals during this pandemic?
There are two answers to this. First, it depends on your level of comfort being around others or if you prefer to stay at home for safety. Second, and even more importantly, it depends on what the family has decided to do for the funeral arrangements. Families are deciding between a few options for funerals. If the family does decide to hold an in-person service, they may limit the number of people in attendance or keep the gathering to immediate family members. Some might even postpone services until after social distancing guidelines are lifted.
Funeral home staff members have been particularly helpful with providing alternative solutions for funeral arrangements. Some funeral homes are offering virtual services, such as live streams of memorials or other tributes. Others are providing online guest books where friends can leave notes of condolences and other personal anecdotes.
If the family prefers to hold an in-person funeral service, whether you choose to attend in person will depend on your level of comfort. For instance, if you have a family member at home who is immunocompromised, you may not feel comfortable attending the service and potentially increasing you and your loved one’s exposure to the coronavirus. However, if you do feel comfortable with personally attending the memorial to offer your condolences and pay your respects, the funeral home will most likely be observing social distancing measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to increase the safety of all those in attendance.
Most likely, yes. However, beyond the practice of wearing masks, the most important factor to preserve yours and others’ safety while attending an in-personal funeral service is to engage in social distancing. In adherence to social distancing guidelines, you may be attending an outdoor funeral with seating, six feet apart from one another. You will want to keep distanced from anyone who does not live with you in your household. Make sure to wash your hands often as well. It is an unfortunate and difficult fact of these sensitive circumstances to not be able to show affection as support for your family members and friends, but it’s best for now. You can hug and kiss those in your household who are accompanying you to the service, but otherwise your presence will serve as the best demonstration of love and support you can give.
The loss of a loved one is one of the most difficult situations to face in life. This can be especially trying if you are in charge of making the funeral arrangements. Our family here at FuneralHomes.com would like to share with your family some points from experienced funeral directors that will help you in such a troubling time.
Many people think that when arranging a funeral, there is only once decision to make – choosing a funeral home. FuneralHomes.com provides a user-friendly, online directory of funeral homes with descriptions in all 50 states and hundreds of cities across the US. (Click here to find the funeral home that fits your needs).
But in addition to the funeral home, there are other items to consider:
Every family is different, and not everyone wants the same type of funeral. Funeral practices are influenced by religious and cultural traditions, costs and personal preferences. These factors help determine whether the funeral will be elaborate or simple, public or private, religious or secular, and where it will be held. They also influence whether the body will be present at the funeral, if there will be a viewing or visitation, and if so, whether the casket will be open or closed, and whether the remains will be buried or cremated.
Among the choices you’ll need to make are whether you want one of these basic types of funerals, or something in between.
This type of funeral, often referred to by funeral providers as a “traditional” funeral, usually includes a viewing or visitation and formal funeral service, use of a hearse to transport the body to the funeral site and cemetery, and burial, entombment or cremation of the remains.
Consumers often select a funeral home or cemetery because it’s close to home, has served the family in the past, or has been recommended by someone they trust. But people who limit their search to just one funeral home may risk paying more than necessary for the funeral or narrowing their choice of goods and services.
Comparison shopping need not be difficult, especially if it’s done before the need for a funeral arises. If you visit a funeral home in person, the funeral provider is required by law to give you a general price list itemizing the cost of the items and services the home offers. If the general price list does not include specific prices of caskets or outer burial containers, the law requires the funeral director to show you the price lists for those items before showing you the items.
Sometimes it’s more convenient and less stressful to “price shop” funeral homes by telephone. The Funeral Rule requires funeral directors to provide price information over the phone to any caller who asks for it. In addition, many funeral homes are happy to mail you their price lists, although that is not required by law.