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End of Life Issues Funeral Planning Planning a Funeral Service Funerals are unique, and service options may be influenced by religious and cultural traditions, costs, and/or personal preferences. Traditional Funeral: • May be a brief, simple service at the funeral home, a place of worship, or graveside. • May be a full-service funeral including viewing and/or visitation, service at the funeral home or a place of worship (which may include readings, music, a sermon, and, at times, a eulogy), a procession to the cemetery, and a graveside service. Memorial Service: • Like a funeral service, a memorial service commemorates the life of the deceased, with the exception that the body is not present due to cremation, out-of-town burial, or other conditions. • In lieu of the body, a collection of photographs amid flower arrangements is commonly displayed at the service. Burial or Cremation? The decision to have a burial versus cremation is a personal choice. Some people have definite opinions regarding their final wishes, while others may follow religious or cultural beliefs and traditions. Regardless of your choice, be sure to research your options before making your final decision. • A family may choose to have a simple or fullservice funeral or memorial service, or a direct burial or direct cremation. Burial: • When burial is the choice, consider contacting local cemeteries for itemized costs for burial plots and opening/closing fees. Vaults are not required by law, yet many cemeteries require a vault for burial. Please note that cemetery and vault costs are separate expenses from funeral home costs. Cremation: • When cremation is the choice, be sure to gather detailed information. Consider whether the crematory is onsite or offsite and whether the funeral home owns and maintains their own crematory. MORE INFO ONLINE: POLKELDERCARE.COM More on Funeral Planning: • Guide & Comparison Worksheet • List of Local Funeral Providers Related Issues: • Financial • Legal • Estate • Bereavement 70 www.PolkElderCare.com


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