Archive for November, 2008


lafuneralguide_homepageBrides planning a wedding have over eight online wedding guides to help them explore ideas and connect with local Los Angeles vendors. Families planning a funeral have none — until now. Last Saturday, we launched the, the first-ever online funeral-planning guide for greater Los Angeles. 


We want to help people consider all their options and find vendors. Some people will find a funeral home and have it provide all the services. Others, will have the funeral home provide direct cremation and use the to plan a memorial event at a reception site with food, music and a DVD tribute to their loved one’s life.


There are 21 categories in the Some of these categories include Cemeteries, Scattering by Boat, Clergy, Flowers, Dove Release, Reception Sites, and Musicians.


Other categories include unusual options such as ash Scattering by Balloon, Home Funeral Guides (also known as death midwives) and ,Transportation which includes a listing for G & F Carriages’ horse drawn hearse.


Another unique category is Grief Support. All vendors in this category are nonprofit organizations that provide free or low-cost grief counseling for the grieving.


The features an interactive map of all the funeral homes in Greater Los Angeles and a directory of all the cemeteries. Some of the funeral homes are “featured” with their own Web pages containing photos and other information. People can easily identify funeral homes in the LA area, compare services and become more informed of their funeral options.


The Guide provides local insight on funeral planning in the Los Angeles area.  Articles include Low Cost Funeral Tips for the LA Area, Green Funerals and Burials, and Scattering Remains in the Los Angeles Area. The Guide includes a complete directory of the California state laws regulating funeral homes and cemeteries.


In keeping with’s mission to help people plan funerals, the site offers a free online funeral-planning tool called MY FUNERAL. MY FUNERAL covers all issues involved, from major considerations like, “Do I want to be buried or cremated?”  to details such as what should be inscribed on a headstone.  The MY FUNERAL tool contains seven steps, but users can skip steps or stop at any time and all their completed work will be saved.  MY FUNERAL helps people consider their many options, make informed decisions, and pass these decisions on to people who will carry out their wishes.


From headstones to bagpipers the makes funeral planning easier for people in the greater Los Angeles area.   -AC




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