Funeral directors hear it all the time: “Oh, it’s too soon for me to preplan my funeral.” The common refrain: “It’s always too soon, until it’s too late.” How do you create a “good goodbye”?
Think about this: funerals are a life cycle event much like a wedding, best planned more than a few days ahead of time. They have the same elements of party planning as any other get-together.
You decide on a date, time and place, work with clergy or a celebrant, extend invitations to guests, plan what will be said, construct a menu, and incorporate unique features to make the occasion meaningful. But funerals are the parties no one wants to plan.
If brides and grooms planned their weddings the way most people plan their funerals, they’d be scrambling to pull all the elements together in three to five days. Talk about stress!
A funeral is a life cycle event that every family will undertake for every member at some point. With advance planning, organization and communication, families can minimize the emotional and financial chaos that often takes hold when someone dies.
It’s never too soon to plan ahead when you’ve got a 100% mortality rate and tomorrow is not guaranteed.
A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die
A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die by Gail Rubin, CT, provides the information, inspiration and tools to plan and implement creative, meaningful and memorable end-of-life rituals for people and their pets. Just as talking about sex won’t make you pregnant, talking about funerals won’t make you dead – and your family will benefit from the conversation.
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A Good Goodbye addresses the Baby Boomer generation with gentle humor on the vital information about funeral arrangements that most people don’t learn about until faced with a death in the family. This easy-to-read book tells how to plan a memorial service and reception, ways to communicate the news, collect vital information before it’s needed, and write obituaries and eulogies.
It also presents background on many religious traditions, new funeral trends and creative non-religious rituals, event-planning checklists, information forms for death certificates and obituaries, and cost containment. It even covers ways to honor the death of a pet and remember deceased loved ones annually.
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