An expertly curated selection of in-depth guidance and information about what to expect and how to approach each aspect of the funeral, and beyond.
When you think of estate planning, do you associate it with older and wealthier people? You’re not alone. Thanks to the portrayal of estate planning in the media, many people assume estate planning is an activity that only benefits the wealthy or aging adults. While it certainly does benefit these groups, estate planning can empower any individual, regardless of their age or level of income. This guide will help explain what an estate plan is, what it typically consists of, and the top reasons everyone should have one.
Green (or natural) burial emphasizes simplicity and environmental sustainability. The body is neither cremated nor prepared with chemicals such as embalming fluids. It is simply placed in a biodegradable coffin or shroud and interred without a concrete burial vault. The grave site is allowed to return to nature.
Here are 8 ideas to get you thinking about how you can create a personalised memorial for your loved one or even get you thinking about what you want for when you pass. All a memorial really needs is family and friends gathered to celebrate a loved one’s life.
The average funeral costs anywhere from $8,000 to $15,000 -- which accounts for transportation, services, burial, embalming, a casket, and other necessary arrangements. The price range is so large because the cost of caskets, plots, and grave markers can vary quite a lot. Find out how to lower those costs.
Grief isn’t an easy process to work through, no matter what age or how many times we’ve experienced it. But the first time, or the first memorable time, can often be the one of the most challenging points in our lives. Your emotions can be intense, or you might be feeling confused or that you’ll never feel whole again.
Before you worry about how to write an obituary, it’s important to clearly define what this is and how it will be used. The primary purpose of an obituary is to formally announce the death of an individual. Typically, an obituary will include basic details surrounding the death, such as when the person passed away, how old they were, and where they lived.
Unlike a funeral, which is usually a sombre ceremony, a celebration of life is often a more joyful event that honours the relationships the deceased person had with those left behind. A celebration of life can be held whenever – whether that's days, weeks or months after the person has passed.
Losing a loved one is something everyone will experience at least once in their life, and it can be an incredibly challenging moment of our life. But what about after? At some point you feel like you’re just expected to continue going on with life, as if this person hasn’t just left a gaping hole that feels impossible to fill.
Scattering of ashes is usually arranged by the family of the deceased, separately from any cremation or funeral. It can take place at any time and be done almost anywhere - from your backyard or place in nature like the beach or hiking spot.