Cost, Customization, and Comfort: Comparing Traditional Funerals and Cremation
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by Lin McLeod
1w ago
When comparing a traditional funeral vs cremation, several factors come into play, including cost, customization options, and comfort for the family and loved ones. The choice is highly personal. Here are things to consider when deciding between traditional burial and cremation services. Traditional Funeral vs Cremation Before continuing this topic, it’s important to consider the meaning of a “traditional” funeral. Some people view a funeral as traditional if the deceased’s casketed body is present during the visitation. Others equate the word “traditional” with “religious.” It’s important to ..read more
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The Peace of Mind Checklist: End-of-Life Planning Made Simple
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by Lin McLeod
1w ago
Are you looking for an end-of-life planning checklist that won’t leave you feeling overwhelmed? Here are some key points often included in a “Peace of Mind Checklist” for end-of-life planning, which often includes (but is not limited to) funeral arrangements.  End-of-Life Planning Checklist End-of-life planning can help you plan your financial affairs, medical care, and funeral or memorial service. Please note that it’s important to have end-of-life arrangements as you advance in age, if you have been recently diagnosed with a terminal illness, or will soon be entering an assisted living ..read more
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Rising Funeral Costs in 2024 and What You Should Know
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by Lin McLeod
3w ago
You may have seen headlines proclaiming rising funeral costs in 2024. Even though the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) reports that funeral costs have not increased as fast as the inflation rate, they have still increased by 4.8 percent since 2022, according to Consumer Price Index data. What does that mean in real numbers? The NFDA reports that the average funeral service with casket and burial is $8,300, and the median cost of a funeral with cremation is $6,280.  Why do funerals cost so much? And what can be done about increased funeral expenses? Here’s what American famil ..read more
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Choosing the Right Cremation Provider: What You Need to Know
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by Brenda Alvis
2M ago
Choosing a cremation provider and service is an important decision, as it involves honoring the memory of a loved one in a dignified and respectful manner. Here’s a guide to help you distinguish among cremation service providers. Tips for Choosing a Cremation Provider and Service Even though the act of cremation is the same regardless of the provider and service – not every cremation service provider is the same. Here are some tips on selecting a cremation company or funeral home. Understand cremation service options There are two basic cremation service provider options. Funeral homes typica ..read more
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Cremation Preplanning vs. Traditional Funeral Planning
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by Lin McLeod
2M ago
You only make your own funeral arrangements once during your lifetime, so it makes sense that you would have questions such as, “What is cremation preplanning?” or “What are the steps for pre-arranging a funeral?” Before we give you some tips for pre-planning your memorial service and discuss the difference between planning a cremation vs burial, we offer these words of encouragement.  We know this process of preplanning your end-of-life services makes you uncomfortable – but you are doing the right thing. Funeral home employees are trained to work with surviving family members, and we h ..read more
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How to Find Local Obituaries in Oregon
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by Lin McLeod
2M ago
Are you searching for Oregon obituaries from 2021 or 1921? The answer to this question will determine how you proceed with your search. Here’s how to find the obituary for someone who died in Portland, Eugene, or another city in Oregon.  How to Find Current Oregon Obituaries Finding current obituaries should be as easy as a simple internet search. Begin by entering the name of the person, the word obituary, and “Oregon” into your favorite search engine. Of course, if the deceased had a common name, you might need to add additional search terms, such as the name of a family member, the ci ..read more
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The Cost of Cremation: Comparing Price and Your Options (2024)
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by Lin McLeod
3M ago
You may have heard that cremation is more affordable than burial. And, for the most part, that is an accurate statement. However, you need to know more about funeral costs before you purchase cremation services from a local funeral home. Here’s what you need to understand before making an accurate cremation cost comparison between providers.  Cremation Cost Comparison: Two Important Factors to Consider Most funeral homes offer cremation services. They either have their own crematorium or outsource cremation to a provider in the area. However, before you purchase a cremation package from ..read more
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Tips for Finding Obituaries in Florida (2024)
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by Lin McLeod
4M ago
Before we give tips for finding Florida obituaries or death notices, consider the reason for your search. Are you trying to find an obituary about someone who died in Florida within the internet era?  Are you trying to find the obituary of a person who died in Florida decades or centuries before – perhaps to fill in gaps in your family history research? Keep reading as we advise you on how to find a Florida obituary. How to Find a Recent Florida Obituary Finding a current obituary should be as easy as a simple internet search on your favorite browser. Begin by entering the name of the pe ..read more
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Finding Obituaries in California: A Step-by-Step Guide
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by Lin McLeod
6M ago
There are different ways to approach finding California obituaries. Ask yourself the following questions. The answers will determine how you approach the task of searching for an obituary. Are you trying to find a current obituary for someone who died in California within the internet era?  Are you trying to find the obituary for someone who died decades or centuries before – perhaps to fill in gaps in your family tree? We’ll tell you how to find a current California obituary – followed by how to find an old obituary in California. How to Find a Current California Obituary An obituary ..read more
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Essential Tips for Preparing for a Cremation Service
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by Lin McLeod
6M ago
Planning a funeral or memorial service for a loved one is challenging for many reasons. Not only do you have to make plans when you are grieving a loss, but there are logistic and financial issues to deal with as well. Here’s some helpful advice for those planning a cremation service for a loved one.  Tips for Planning a Service When the Deceased is Cremated Some of you may have planned a funeral service for a loved one who had chosen a traditional burial. However, personalizing cremation services for someone who had chosen cremation is slightly different. Here are a few things to consid ..read more
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