How will my loved ones remember me?


Every person’s life is a story, and those stories are meant to be shared with loved ones. Funerals are a vital part of how our stories can have an impact long into the future.

Today’s funerals are as unique as the people they honor. We have countless opportunities to incorporate personalized funeral ideas into the ways we memorialize our loved ones and plan ahead for our own final wishes. Funerals allow us to celebrate and remember all of the things we treasure.

Because there are so many possibilities and details to consider, a funeral planning professional is an important resource. This is what funeral directors really do best: Plan events that celebrate the life of a person in the way that will provide lasting comfort for family members and friends. But truly creative memorial service ideas require an understanding of an individual’s personality, interests, milestones and beliefs. Are you equipping your loved ones with stories that create memories today and will help them remember you after you’re gone?

Will they know…

  • …what your childhood was like?
  • …your favorite place in the world?
  • …how you met the love of your life?
  • …the funniest thing you ever experienced?
  • …what motivated you through tough times?

Funeral directors have the expertise to guide families through funeral planning and can help tell each unique story in the best way possible.

The bottom line is that funerals are more important than you might think. They provide an opportunity for your loved ones to express their emotions while celebrating and remembering a life well lived.

Additional Resources

HavetheTalk_IconHave the Talk of a Lifetime™

Have the Talk of a Lifetime™ is designed to help families talk about what matters most in their lives and how loved ones have made a difference. These discussions can help families make important decisions about how they wish to remember and honor the lives of their loved ones with memorialization services in the future.


NFDA_IconNational Funeral Directors Association

The National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) is the worldwide source of expertise and professional resources for all facets of funeral service. Through education, information and advocacy, NFDA is dedicated to supporting members in their mission to provide families with meaningful end-of-life services at the highest levels of excellence and integrity.


ICCFA_LogoInternational Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association

The International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association has created a consumer resources guide to provide straight answers to real questions about funeral and cemetery arrangements, cremation, grief and other issues related to the end of life. Their goal is to help ensure families don't have to face the loss of a loved one unprepared.


CANA_LogoCremation Association of North America

The Cremation Association of North America (CANA) is an international organization composed of cremationists, funeral directors, funeral home operators and owners, cemeterians, industry suppliers and consultants. CANA members believe that cremation is preparation for memorialization.



Homesteaders Life Company acquired in the spring of 2014 as a demonstration of our company’s commitment to promoting the value of funeral service. It is our goal to provide content that helps consumers make informed decisions about end-of-life issues.


Two_Hearts_IconTwo Hearts Pet Loss Center

Founded by Coleen Ellis, Two Hearts Pet Loss Center aims to educate, guide and journey with people through pet death care and grief. The center and its website provide resources for funeral care professionals and families that have lost a beloved pet.

Make Your Wishes Known


Families choose to prearrange funerals for a variety of reasons, but many of them report that it gives them peace of mind to express their wishes and remove burdens from their loved ones. Learn how advance funeral planning can provide comfort and even joy.