Archive for September, 2009

Green burial and home funeral conference coming up

Natural Transitions is sponsoring a conference on Green Burial and Home Funerals. Two topics of great interest to me. I wish I could attend. The event begins this Saturday, October 3, 2009 in Boulder, Colorado and is called Ethics and Ecology.

Natural Transitions is a home funeral support organization with “guides” — people who are educated about how to prepare and execute a home funeral.  Lately, we’ve taken to calling them “home funeral specialists”.  Some people call them  “Death Midwives” or “Death Doulas” but that gives the idea that they work with the dying to help them pass away or something.  Home funeral specialists are exactly that, people who have gained some special knowledge on how to do a home funeral.  I think they play an important role for those families that want to have an “expert” around. Other families will feel comfortable educating themselves and not using a specialist to help out.  Hey, it’s all about choices. Let people know what their options are and let them decide what’s best for their situation.

Green Burial and Home Funeral Conference: Ethics and Ecology, Sponsored by Natural Transitions in Boulder, Colorado

Green Burial and Home Funeral Conference: Ethics and Ecology, Sponsored by Natural Transitions in Boulder, Colorado

For more information about the conference,  see Natural Transitions’ website at www.naturaltransitions.org.
-Anna

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How to pre-pay for a funeral

Pre-paying for a funeral - 5 methods

Pre-paying for a funeral - 5 methods

The National Funeral Directors Association states that the average cost of a “regular adult funeral” (funeral with embalming, viewing and a metal casket) is now $7,300. This sum does not include a cemetery plot, grave marker, flowers or obituary notice.

There’s plenty of grief and stress right after a loved one dies without having to worry about where the seven grand is going to come from to pay for the funeral, not to mention associated expenses like travel, meals, and time off of work. Take a look at our Funeral Costs article for a complete breakdown of funeral expenses. If you’re planning a “regular” funeral you’d be kind to those who love you to plan and provide funding for your funeral.

There are five major ways to finance a funeral —

Purchase funeral insurance from an insurance company
(known as Final Expense Insurance, Burial Insurance, Funeral Insurance or Poor Man’s Will Insurance.)
Usually a policy worth between $3,000-$15,000, payable to a named beneficiary immediately following the insured’s death. The funds are not subject to probate.  The money is intended to cover funeral expenses but can be used in anyway the beneficiary wants.


Purchase an insurance policy or trust through a funeral home
This option involves planning and funding exactly what funeral home, what services and what products will be used for your funeral. Only the products and services provided by the funeral home are included in the plan. Outside vendors such as the local newspaper’s fee for the obituary notice, the florist’s fee for floral arrangements, the clergy’s fee for officiating the service and the cemetery’s fee for the grave opening and closing are all considered outside the funeral home’s control and are not included.

The plan is funded either by the purchase of an insurance policy or trust instrument through the funeral home. The funeral director acts as an insurance agent and receives a commission on the sale of the policy or a fee for setting up the trust. The beneficiary on the insurance policy and trust is the funeral home.


Purchase a Life Insurance policy from an insurance company
Any life insurance policy can be used to pay for a funeral. You can buy any term or whole life policy and instruct your beneficiary to use a portion or all of the death benefit for your funeral. Standard term and whole life policies, however, aren’t offered in low face amounts like $5,000, which is why funeral insurance policies can be handy if you need insurance money only to cover funeral expenses. At your death, the money passes automatically to the named beneficiary without having to go through probate The money is intended to cover funeral expenses but can be used in anyway the beneficiary wants.


Set aside money in a joint savings account
Saving for funeral expenses can be effective if the account is a joint account and the survivor on the account is responsible for paying for the funeral. When a joint account exists, the assets contained in the account are still readily available to the other individual listed on the account. This means that a surviving spouse, partner, or child will have access to at least some funds while the estate of the deceased is settled.  A savings account to pay for a funeral is not usually recommended.  Savings accounts accrue interest and you’ll need to report this on a 1099 and pay taxes on it. Furthermore, there is the self discipline issue of regularly depositing money into savings and avoiding the temptation to draw from the account to pay for things other than a funeral.
Set up a individual Payable on Death (POD) Account at your local bank
(Also known as “Informal Trusts” or “Totten Trusts”)

Payable on Death Accounts are widely used to set aside relatively small amounts of money (less than $15,000) for anticipated funeral costs. You simply open an individual savings account or certificate of deposit with your local bank and name a beneficiary. During your lifetime you have total control over the account and complete access to it. However, at your death, the money passes automatically to the named beneficiary without having to go through probate. The money is intended to cover funeral expenses but can be used in anyway the beneficiary wants.

-Anna

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10 Ways to Save Money on a Funeral

How to save money on funeral expenses

How to save money on funeral expenses

The typical American funeral with metal casket, embalming and burial costs at least $9,000.  There are ways to cut costs and here’s our list of the top 10 ways :

1 Plan.
Ever notice how often you grab items near the checkout stand and spend money you didn’t want to?  That’s because retailers planned … on your impulsive nature and lack of time to consider.  And you didn’t.  It costs money to spend in a hurry. For that reason, thinking about your disposition, planning and communicating make for money-saving.

Don’t leave your survivors scrambling to make funeral plans during a time of shock, loss and grief.

To help, we offer the perfect, free tool to help you think through the many decisions to be made.  It’s called MY FUNERAL.  It is your online funeral planning tool.  It’s free!  Click MY FUNERAL on the top menu bar and begin considering how you want to reflect your life, your values and your pocketbook.  Successive clicks will move you through the seven steps of My Funeral, a planning process that will take between 30 and 60 minutes.  You can stop at any time; your entries will be saved.  You can return to My Funeral at any time to edit your choices as your preferences change.



2 Compare.
The funeral home’s General Price List (GPL) is one of the most important tools you have for controlling and understanding funeral costs.  The GPL describes all the goods and the services the funeral home offers, along with the price of each.  Like a menu in a restaurant, the GPL allows you to select the items you want, and it tells how much each will cost.

The Federal Trade Commission’s “Funeral Rule” requires funeral homes to give customers a General Price List at the beginning of any discussion of arrangements.  The funeral director must give you a copy to keep.



3 Cremate.
No doubt about it, the biggest money saver is direct cremation.  “Eight out of 10 times, cremation is about cost,” says a veteran employee of a Los Angeles-area crematory.  Cremation can immediately save cemetery plot costs, casket costs, headstone costs, grave opening and closing costs, all sorts of costs.

The National Funeral Directors Association states that the average cost of a “regular adult funeral” (funeral with embalming, viewing and a metal casket) is now $7,300. This sum is based on data from 2006 and does not including the cemetery plot, grave marker and grave opening and closing fees.   With those added expenses and inflation the funeral with burial is more realistically around at least $9,000. Cremation can save at least $2,000 off the cost of a funeral with burial.

In cremation a body is reduced by burning to a grainy substance officially called “cremains” but often referred to as ashes.

Selecting cremation as the disposition doesn’t diminish the value of all the traditional elements of a disposition by burial. Funeral homes can provide viewing and visitation of the dressed and prepared body in a casket prior to the cremation. The funeral ceremony is just as important with cremation disposition as it is with a burial disposition.



4 Join a nonprofit funeral association or society.
The power of community can save you money.  Funeral societies contract with funeral homes to provide services at a fixed, lowered cost.  Many of these societies aim for the $1,000 mark, cremation falling below that figure and burial falling a little above.

Keep in mind not all societies have low-cost goals as mission statements. Some very much for-profit outfits have stuck the word “society” on their names hoping to lure people looking for low-cost disposition. The society you want is the nonprofit variety.

Bear in mind societies contract for bare-bones disposition most often providing cremation packages but some offer burial packages as well.

Be aware societies vary, too. Some are run on a shoestring making use of volunteer help. Some have paid staff. Some have the wherewithal to conduct surveys of funeral home and cemetery costs, which are later published to great interest by general-readership newspapers as well as senior citizen-targeted publications.



5 Use your veteran’s burial benefits.
The Veterans Administration offers many burial benefits to honorably discharged veterans.  Benefits include a gravesite in any of the 125 national cemeteries with available space.  Spouses and dependent children are also eligible for burial in a national cemetery.  Services and benefits include opening and closing of the grave, perpetual care, government headstone or marker, burial flag, and Presidential Memorial Certificate — all at no cost to the family.  Some veterans may also be eligible for burial allowances. Cremated remains are buried or interred in national cemeteries in the same manner and with the same honors as casketed remains.

Regardless of cemetery, a government headstone or a grave marker and a burial flag can be provided at no cost.

The Navy  provides burial at sea and remains scattering from aboard USN vessels. Active-duty personnel, honorably discharged or retired, civilian marine personnel of the Military Sealift Command, and dependent family of active-duty personnel are eligible. Eligible individuals should make known their desire for such disposition in writing; vets will not be surprised to learn the Navy has a form for this. Burial at sea of casketed or cremated remains is performed during deployment, thus family members cannot attend.



6 Donate your body to science.
Universities will often pay to transport a willed body to their medical schools.  The university will often bury cremated remains in a community plot or scatter the ashes when the university’s medical school students finish their studies of a donated body, also at no cost to the family. If requested, some schools will give the ashes to the family.

Be aware that often university’s willed body programs reserve the right to reject a body, which would require the family paying to transport the body elsewhere.  Certain other considerations apply, so review the acceptance policy carefully.

Willed body programs require registration in the programs and administrators really, really, really want donors to have back-up plans lest some reason for rejection arises.



7 Bring your own casket or urn.
You can save money with a bring-your-own-container approach.  Funeral directors often mark up casket and urn costs up to two-and-half times.  If they buy a casket for $1,000, they sell it for $2,500.  Per the Funeral Rule, funeral directors cannot charge a fee if you wish to use a casket or urn not purchased at their mortuaries. Thus, you’re free to shop around.

Visit the National Funeral Gallery to view thousands of urns and caskets available online.



8 Hold the gathering in a park.
Hold a funeral or an end-of-life celebration in a city, state or national park – especially if a particular site held specific meaning for the decedent.  Many parks allow reservations of special picnic areas.  Bring prepared foodstuffs from somewhere such as Costco Wholesale or from your local grocer or deli, or make it a potluck celebration.  Remember that many parks don’t allow alcohol.



9 Have a home funeral.
Home funerals are starting to catch on. Or come around again. The death rituals of our forebears used to include preparing loved ones for burial, setting them in the parlor for visitation as mourners come to pay respects. It was a caring demonstration.

As time went on, enterprising types realized they could offer bigger parlors to families without proper space, and they could attend the other tasks as well. So came into being death-care businesses known as “funeral parlors” and “funeral homes.” We took back our parlors, and started calling them “living rooms,” but lost touch with personal sendoffs and rituals that belong to respecting and mourning our loved ones.

Lately, a growing number of people have wanted to return to the old customs to restore a missing element of loved-one care. Home Funeral Specialists can advise on how to prepare the loved one’s body, that is, clean, dress and cool it, navigate necessary paperwork, and make decisions pertinent to memorializing a life ended. Home funeral specialists are also called “death midwives” or “death doulas”. One group, has created a home funeral guide called, Undertaken With Love: A Home Funeral Guide for Congregations and Communities. The guide can be downloaded for free at their website www.homefuneralmanual.org.


Undertaken With Love will teach your congregational bereavement care committee or other social group:

* how to start a home funeral committee;
* how to research and identify your legal rights, options and responsibilities;
* how to handle, bathe and transport the body; and
* how to sustain an effective home funeral committee.


You are not required by law to use a funeral home to care for a body after death.  You can prepare the body in the decedent’s home by yourself or with help from friends.  Using dry ice, you can keep the body at home for up to three days while you privately mourn or hold viewings or gatherings for friends or relatives.

For more information about home funerals, www.Final Passages.org. Final Passages has an excellent step-by-step guide for $50 on how to arrange a home funeral.




10 Be creative.

Flower growers sell bulk flowers.  Buy them loose and arrange as suits or make individual favors for funeral or memorial attendees.  Buy plain bound notebooks and decorate them into remembrance books.  Create a free Web site dedicated to your loved one.  Write a commemorative poem or story.  Compose a piece of music.  Solicit favorite phrases about your loved one from friends and combine them into a remembrance collage.

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Beautiful Too Tall’s Ceramic Urns in Product Gallery

We  just added around 40 handmade gorgeous ceramic urns by Too Tall’s Pottery to thefuneralsite.com’s new Product Gallery. They are all hand made by Matthew Kennedy. Here’s a quote from Matt’s website www.tootallspottery.com in which he talks about his work —

My inspiration for ceramic art comes from many different things/places/loves. I am definitely a dog lover as you can tell from this site.  Lately I have been focusing a great many hours on the urn business, the other site I have: www.urnnews.com It is great and I enjoy making them as well, now it is time to get into the other side of my art and that is making vases, plates, etc…  I  carve onto the vessel the many designs that come into my head.  I don’t have one style that I work with exclusively.  I guess you can say some of my work is Southwestern or Native American because of the smoke decoration. I enjoy using fire/smoke/chemicals to finish decorating the piece for me.  You never know what you are going to get when you open the smoker in the morning.  This feeling is a lot like Christmas morning when you were a kid, it is extremely exciting for me to see what mother nature has done with my art to help me complete it.  I guess right now I am inspired by living things and giving.  I want to be the most powerful giver I can be and do Gods will in the best way possible.

Pretty cool.

We loved his urns so much we added a picture of his Ocean Urn to our home page see!

Here’s more pictures of Matt’s work. Aren’t they amazing urns? – Anna

Copper Adventure 1 Urn

Copper Adventure 1 Urn

Fall Urn

Fall Urn

Ocean Urn

Ocean Urn

Tribal Sun Urn

Tribal Sun Urn

Tall Urn

Tall Urn

Florida Urn

Florida Urn

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Don’t Rely on the NFDA’s Funeral Cost Statistics

"Regular Funeral" with Casket + Burial = at least $9,000

"Regular Funeral" with Casket + Burial = at least $9,000

Every publication on the cost of a funeral quotes the National Funeral Directors Association’s statistics on funeral costs — $7,323 for a “regular adult funeral”.  But this statistic is incomplete when talking about  funerals involving burial. This sum is based on data from 2006 and does not including the cemetery plot, grave marker, flowers or obituary notices that are typically part of this type of funeral. With those added expenses and inflation the “regular adult funeral” is more realistically around at least $9,000.


The NFDA would probably argue that their number is complete from the funeral director’s perspective.  The cemetery costs and fees are often separate from the funeral home’s costs and fees but the average consumer doesn’t know who does what and wants to know the bottom line.  How much does a funeral cost — from start to finish.  How much?   I wish reporters dug a little deeper than simply quoting the NFDA’s statistic without reading the fine print.

The other gaping hole in the NFDA’s funeral costs information is cremation.  The cost of  cremation services  is completely ignored! The NFDA mentions that cremation is growing fast and has become a very popular method of disposition. Cremation was the method of disposition for 34.89 percent of deaths in 2007.   The NFDA then lists the states where cremation is most and least popular, but no mention of how much funeral homes are charging for disposition by cremation.

We’ve taken a long hard look at funeral costs and believe that our article How Much? Funeral Costs – a detailed price breakdown is the most current and comprehensive information on funeral costs available.

The quality of a funeral is not pinned to the amount of money spent.  Whether the loss is sudden and unexpected or the result of a long illness, it’s important to honor the life of someone who has died and to come together as a community to share grief and get support from each other. This can be accomplished by spending a few hundred dollars on a direct cremation with private memorial gathering or by spending $100,000 on an elaborate funeral. Both can be dignified and meaningful choices.

There are less expensive options. (Take a look at my new article on Cost Saving Funeral Tips)

The least expensive direct cremation we’ve found is $540 offered by a crematory in Los Angeles, California. This includes only the basics – transportation of the body to the crematory, cremation procedure and placement of the ashes (cremains) into a simple container for pick-up. You can invite friends and family over for a private memorial gathering.

Prices for identical products and services can vary tremendously depending on whose selling the product and geographic location.

The price for funeral services and products is sometimes difficult to determine. Vendors often require you to contact them for the price, making comparison difficult and time consuming. However, as you’ll see from our analysis, it’s worth taking the time to call around to compare prices before committing to any particular funeral home, product or service.

Research your options, think about it and make the best decision for yourself and your loved ones.

– Anna

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The Most Taboo Subject in America

The  most taboo topic of conversation in America is not sex, race relations or how much money you have, but funerals.

I’ve been studying funerals and funeral planning for almost three years and I’ve been to a number of funerals during that time. Close friends have lost parents and loved ones during this time. In conversations with those friends who planned funerals, I’ll try to force myself to touch on the subject of the funeral but it’s so awkward.  These people are my friends! I can talk to them about everything else but the funeral they recently planned.

Why is this subject off limits? I guess because it wasn’t my mom, dad or friend who died. It feels private. It feels plain wrong to ask anything about the funeral.

I subscribe to an email group on home funerals. Recently a woman posted a story about her mother’s funeral. I contacted her, Rosemarie, and she agreed to share her story on our site as the first in a series of Real Funeral Stories.

I’ve wanted to add this feature to TheFuneralSite.com for years. Actually, from the very beginning of the dream for TheFuneralSite.com having a collection of real funeral stories was always something I’ve known we needed to include and make a big part of the site.  I visualize having many, many stories of real funerals from ordinary people who choose all types of funerals. And we need to include conversations about money. How much it really costs to have different types of funerals. What was worth it and what wasn’t.  I think real stories are a fantastic way to share experience and understanding of what and why people make the choices they do. If we start talking about funerals . . . how we made decisions, what we would do differently, what was amazing and unforgettable … we will become less afraid, more informed and ultimately a little happier. Won’t we?

So, here’s Rosemarie’s story. I think it’s absolutely beautiful. I deeply appreciate her generosity in sharing her experience with the world.

Inscribing and Decorating the Casket

A Home Funeral that was “Just Right”

Mother had been ailing for a long time. I started to grieve when she didn’t recognize me over a year ago, so I was not overwhelmed when she actually died. We had gone on vacation, leaving her in the capable hands of caregivers and Hospice. I asked her to wait till her 99th birthday (July 31) and she said she would try.

While we were away I had a phone call from one of the caregivers suggesting we come home early, so we set out on Wednesday morning from the Thousand Islands in NY to home in Charlotte, NC.

We arrived about 5 pm on Thursday (July 23.) She looked as if she was hanging on by a thread – heavy, gurgly breathing, unresponsive. I sat with her and told her I was back and read to her from the book of psalms. Her nurse turned her on her side, which eased her breathing. My Dad (age 98) lay down next to her and rubbed noses. She smiled at him and took one more breath before she died. What a beautiful way to go!

We all sat with her for a little while and said a few prayers. My Dad cried a lot. The Hospice nurse was called to pronounce the death. We waited quite a while. She did her examination, and asked which funeral home was coming to get the body. I said none, and explained the home funeral concept, and she offered to help wash the body.

Then I went home (about a minute away) to get the kit I put together after the Crossings workshop. The nurse and the aide had already washed her by the time I returned – not even 5 minutes later! I was sorry, as I had not had a chance to use my beautiful ceramic bowl, or the essential oils, or even say a prayer over her. That part of it was a bit disappointing. I guess the nurses who wash patients all the time are just too efficient! They wanted to spare me, so I feel like I missed out on part of the experience.

Rosemarie's Mother at the Home Vigil
Rosemarie’s Mother at the Home Vigil

Anyway, I helped dress her and put on a little make up – she looked beautiful. For 99 years old she looked wrinkle free, peaceful, and with a hint of a smile.

We used the Techni-ice dry ice that someone recommended recently. It really did not stay frozen for very long, so we went to the grocery store and bought dry ice. We didn’t find any that came in pellets – that would have been great. My husband had a chance to get his frustrations vented by beating up on the huge chunks of dry ice! Some went in the pillow, some (in a pillow case) under her chest, some under her middle, a small bag on her abdomen, and another between her legs.

We had flowers in the room and that was the only smell. Later I added a bowl with lavender oil and flowers, and I kept a diffuser going all the time. My granddaughter has quite a collection of essential oils, so she got to use those. Everything remained pleasant.

That first night I sat with her and read and prayed. I dozed in the chair by her bed. That did not give me enough rest to do all the things I needed to do the next day. But I felt her spirit had not really left yet. The two following nights I put a cot in her room and slept there. The third night I awoke with a start at 2 am feeling cold, and with the conviction that she was really gone from that place and that body. Then I felt OK to go home and sleep.

My daughter plays the harp, and sat with her as much as she could. Friends dropped by and sat for a while. My Dad was in her room almost all the time, talking to her, crying, dozing, or just sitting quietly. It was so healing for him to have that time with her. I can’t imagine what a mess he would have been if we had allowed a funeral home to come and get her as soon as she died.

We arranged for our older daughter to come from Connecticut. We called or emailed our friends and invited them to come and visit. We went to the National Cremation Society, where my parents had both prepaid years ago. They were to take care of the death certificate. We had already picked up a cardboard coffin, and the everyone decorated it with drawings of things important to my mom. Since this was Friday, we had to wait until Monday for the cremation.

We had a little confusion and tension over the death certificate, which had to be signed by the hospice doctor by the end of the day Friday for us to be sure of an appointment for her cremation on Monday. The National Cremation Society faxed it to Hospice, and we never heard by the end of the day whether or not they had received it back. All this meant we were held up putting the plans in the obituary page in the newspaper. By the time I decided to just put it in anyway, they were closed for the day also, and I had to wait and put it in the Sunday paper.

Our daughters went and bought the flowers, which we placed all over the house, and a memory book in which we invited friends to write a favorite memory of my mom. I also invited far away friends to send me their favorite memory of her, which will make a nice keepsake, I think. Neighbors brought food – so much I think we’ll be eating it till Christmas!

People were a bit surprised to learn that her body was in the bedroom, and some did not want to see it. Those who gave an opinion were overwhelmingly thrilled with the idea, and wondered why they hadn’t thought of it.

Meanwhile, our parish priest came by and offered to do a wake service at the house and a Funeral Mass after the cremation. This was surprising, as my mother was not Catholic, but we are, so I was pleased. My dad – who has been a fallen-away Catholic since 1945, decided to come back into the Church, which was quite a thrill. I am sure it will be a comfort to him.

People came and went all weekend. It was nice, because we got to sit and visit with people one or two at a time instead of the usual scene at a funeral home where it’s a receiving line. Some stayed a few minutes, some stayed a few hours.

By Sunday evening, when the wake service was being held, she was not looking as pretty as right after death. Her eyes had sunken in, her cheeks looked hollow, her color was not as good. It was not gross, or anything – just a hint of the decomposition that was happening. We turned out the lights and had a few candles lit to hide anything that might be disquieting. Our daughter and son-in-law, musicians, played as we sang some of Mom’s favorite hymns and had a nice service. It gave my Dad great comfort. After it was over, her body was quite frozen (maybe we overdid the dry ice?) I was a little concerned about moving her into the coffin ready for the morning’s journey to the crematorium. We waited until morning, and lined the cardboard coffin with Chux pads in case of any leakage which would cause the cardboard to break. There were pieces of wood in there to give it strength. We used the Techni Dry Ice instead of the real thing overnight. Then, in the morning, we kissed her goodbye, wrapped her in her sheet, and carried her from the bedroom to the living room where the coffin was waiting. Then we carried that out to the waiting van. (We had already checked to make sure the coffin fit.)

The whole family went along to the crematorium, and helped my dad pick out a container for her ashes. It was hard to leave her there – I found it easier to imagine her going into the light instead of thinking about burning,heat and fire. Later in the day we picked up the ashes and my dad was visibly better and relieved. He talked to her and I think he will continue to do that. It is an aspect of cremation that I had not considered; if you have the ashes you can feel as if the person is still with you. The crematory gave us a credit for the services we did not use – refrigeration and transportation mainly. That, the flowers, the dry ice and the obituary were all the expenses we had. What a difference from the average funeral!

I started going through some of her papers and found something she typed about death. In it she said not to grieve too much, as it hampers the progress of your loved ones as they delight in the joys that they have earned. Also she said that the heart stops beating because it no longer needs to knock on the door of life – the door is open.

Today (July 28)we had the funeral mass, which was really lovely. All the family took part – the family musicians played, I did a eulogy, our daughters did the readings. The grandchildren brought up the gifts. My Dad received communion for the first time since 1945 and cried like a baby. Afterward the women’s group had prepared lunch for everyone, which gave us another chance to visit with our friends.

My Dad is taking great comfort in having the ashes at home. We got an urn that was shaped like a couple of books (she was a great reader.) It sits on a table with a collage of photographs of her that my daughters made and our “memory book.” My Dad talks to her there three times a day! It’s like a little shrine.

The other thing I might add now – the fact that we were “open” all the time she was laid out at home was great, but it did not give us much quiet time. I think that maybe we should have kept some time for just the family.

– Rosemarie B., Charlotte, North Carolina

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Eulogies of Famous People by Famous People

Sonny Bono's Eulogy given by Cher

Sonny Bono's Eulogy given by Cher

It’s fascinating to read eulogies given about famous people, usually given by another famous person.

I recently added a great new series of articles on eulogies called the Eulogy Resource Center. One of the articles lists around 20 eulogies of famous people. Some are hillarious ( Graham Chapman’s Eulogy give by John Cleese) some are moving (Sonny Bono’s Eulogy given by Cher) all are interesting and helpful to consider when writing a eulogy for your loved one.

The Eulogy Resource Center is just one more feature making http://www.thefuneralsite.com a great funeral planning website.

-Anna

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