Planning a funeral right after a family member dies is probably the last thing you want to do. But by putting some plans and information on file with a funeral home, you can make it so much easier on your surviving loved ones. While conducting research before writing A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die, my husband and I met with a funeral home to preplan for my father-in-law, Norman. Norm had undergone three open-heart surgeries during his lifetime. After the … [Read more...] about Why Should You Plan Your Own Funeral?
Since estate planning involves end-of-life issues, consider helping your clients learn about the workings of a funeral home. As a recent NPR investigative story revealed, it can be very difficult for people to get a firm handle on funeral costs. The best way to learn about funeral planning is to visit a funeral home and take a tour. Unfortunately, most people aren’t inclined to make such a visit if they don’t have to. Reactive funeral homes may consider a tour request to be a threat, as … [Read more...] about Video Tour: Behind the Scenes at a Funeral Home