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Tips for Discussing Funeral Arrangements with Loved Ones

September 20, 2016 by Alyssa McNab
Preneed Funeral Planning

It’s an important conversation that too few of us have had. In a recent blog post, we shared that many people simply haven’t discussed their wishes for funeral arrangements with loved ones.

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How to Start a Conversation with Loved Ones About Funeral Planning

September 13, 2016 by Alyssa McNab
Preneed Funeral Planning, Featured

“I’ve tried to ask my parents about funeral planning, but we all got uncomfortable and quickly changed the subject.”

“I know my family members won’t all agree on funeral planning decisions, so we’ve been avoiding that conversation.”

“When I asked her about her wishes, she said, ‘I just want to be cremated.’ We never continued the discussion after that.”

Do any of the scenarios above sound familiar? Talking to your parent or another loved one about funeral planning might be one of the hardest conversations you’ll ever have. Many people are inclined to simply avoid discussing their own wishes altogether: Less than half of the respondents to a 2015 FAMIC study (age 40 and older) reported they’ve had a conversation about how they would like to be remembered.

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How Advance Funeral Planning Can Be a Joyful Experience

August 30, 2016 by Alyssa McNab
Preneed Funeral Planning

If you’ve ever planned a funeral for a loved one, you likely discovered information about him or her that you had forgotten – or never knew in the first place. The entire process of memorializing someone who has died can bring to light new aspects of that person’s well-lived life. While looking through old paperwork and artifacts in preparation for the funeral, you might find unexpected details about where your loved one lived, their accomplishments and the places they traveled.

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What Are the Most Important Reasons for Funeral Planning?

August 04, 2016 by Homesteaders Life Company
Preneed Funeral Planning

Advance funeral planning is a rising trend among families. According to a survey done by Harris Poll for the Funeral and Memorial Information Council (FAMIC), 69% of adults over the age of 40 said they would prefer to prearrange their own funeral service.

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A Guide to Communicating the Value of Advance Funeral Planning

June 28, 2016 by Homesteaders Life Company
Preneed Funeral Planning

What if your business offered something that was so valuable and so compelling that 99% of customers were satisfied with their purchase? What if within a month of buying from you, a majority of customers recommended what they bought to others? What if you offered something that a majority of consumers believe is a smart thing to buy, but less than 20% of those have taken the time to explore it?

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What Policy Owners Really Think About Prearranging

April 14, 2016 by Alyssa McNab
Preneed Funeral Planning

A few years ago, my husband and I returned home from a trip to discover an unpleasant surprise: It had rained nearly the entire time we were out of town, and our decades-old roof had begun to leak. While we were fortunate that we didn’t experience significant water damage, it was time to invest in a new roof before a small problem became a big one.

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How to Write an Obituary that Is Creative and Memorable

March 15, 2016 by Danielle Burmeister
Preneed Funeral Planning

When I was in high school, I read a biography about the “unsinkable” Molly Brown – a Titanic survivor who went on to become a well-known advocate of workers’ rights and women’s suffrage. Despite his wife’s high profile, J.J. Brown publicly supported a more demure approach to fame and fortune, penning the famous adage that a woman’s name ought to appear in the newspaper only three times: at her birth, upon her marriage and following her death.

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Funeral Planning Checklist: Considerations for Families

March 03, 2016 by Alyssa McNab
Preneed Funeral Planning, Featured

Many families can be caught off-guard by the number of tasks that must be completed within a day or two of a loved one’s death. Even those who have planned a funeral before may find themselves overwhelmed by the decisions that need to be made and details that must be coordinated.

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Why Policy Owners Decided to Prearrange

March 01, 2016 by Alyssa McNab
Preneed Funeral Planning

Think about the last time a company’s marketing message caught your attention and inspired you to take action to purchase a product or service. Chances are good that the company piqued your interest by communicating to you not about what it does, but about how what it does can help you.

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Why Advance Funeral Arrangements Matter for the “Silent Generation”

January 14, 2016 by Alyssa McNab
Preneed Funeral Planning

They’re family-focused. They’ve been described as having “redefined leadership.” And they’re the generation that drove a booming economy. They’re members of the Silent Generation, born 1925-1945, and their values and perceptions about funeral service can have a significant impact on your funeral home’s advance funeral planning program.

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