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End of Life Issues Funeral Planning When A Loved One Passes The death of a loved one is never easy, whether it is unexpected or the result of a long illness, the shock leaves one feeling numb and bewildered. This section of the Elder Care Guide will help inform you in making funeral arrangements and help you through the grieving process. This Section Includes: • Preplanning or Prearrangements • When a Death Occurs • Selecting a Funeral Provider • Meeting with a Funeral Director • Planning a Funeral Service THE IMPORTANCE OF A FUNERAL The overall benefit of a funeral service to surviving family members and friends is immeasurable. Though many people underestimate the power of the funeral tradition, simply realizing that the ritual plays a key role in the overall grief and healing process is helpful. Gathering family members, planning the service, and sharing memories are all actions that help people move forward through the grief process. When people reflect on the service later, they often realize the comfort and support that the funeral provided. Preplanning or Prearrangements Preplanning your own funeral arrangements is becoming more common today, as family members often reside across the country rather than just across town. Preplanning with a licensed funeral provider offers many benefits including: • the opportunity to document your final wishes • providing your family with peace of mind • the option to prepay your arrangements, allowing you to secure current prices rather than pay future costs. When a Death Occurs The first step to take will depend on the circumstances and location of the death. Most licensed funeral homes can provide answers to your questions at any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. When a death occurs at home: • Call a licensed funeral home; licensed funeral directors can explain the next steps 68 www.PolkElderCare.com


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