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Funeral Planning Basics

Funeral Planning Basics is a  comprehensive funeral planning book that will take you step-by-step through the entire process of planning and arranging your funeral. It will introduce you to issues such as organ donations, purchasing caskets, cremation, burial, funeral services and much more.

You will learn about all of the key aspects of the funeral planning process, what your options are, new trends in funeral planning (including ‘green burials’ and sea burials) and much, much more.

  • Plan and arrange your funeral service.
  • Learn about the options available.
  • Save on funeral costs and expenses.
  • Remove a huge burden from your family.
  • Have peace of mind.


We all come to a stage in our lives when it’s natural to start thinking about what will happen when we are no longer around. We often wonder about loved ones and what we would like to leave to them as our parting gift.

Well, whatever about the positive things we can leave to them, there are some things that we simply should not leave to them. One of which is the burden of high funeral costs and the worry of deciding on funeral arrangements. In fact, in 70% of cases, a person passes away without having made proper funeral arrangements, leaving this burden on their grieving family members. Surprising, isn’t it?

Fortunately, through proper funeral planning, you can ensure that your loved ones are not confronted with this unnecessary burden in a time which is already very traumatic.

Planning a funeral involves a variety of different tasks ranging from selecting a funeral planner, choosing a casket, deciding on burial and cremation options to organizing gatherings after the funeral itself. In many cases, the best people to help you with these tasks will be funeral service providers or funeral directors. They will have considerable experience in planning funeral ceremonies, preparing the deceased’s body for public viewing, selecting caskets, and almost every other aspect of the funeral process. They will be able to advise you of the options available to you and ultimately help you put your plan in place. That said, it’s still important to have independent information on the subject – you wouldn’t put your full faith in a car sales man when buying a car would you?

In putting together a funeral plan you will need to consider matters such as:-

  • whether you want to donate your body to science;
  • whether you want to be buried or cremated;
  • where you want your remains buried, scattered or kept;
  • the type of ceremony that you will have and where it will be held;
  • whether you will want visitations;
  • whether you wish to be embalmed;
  • whether there will be a procession to the cemetery;
  • how your body will be transported;
  • how your family will travel to and from services;
  • the funeral products you wish to buy such as caskets, burial vaults and urns; and
  • lots more.

To help you plan your funeral or indeed someone else’s, we’ve put together a simple and easy to understand book which will help you through the entire process of planning your funeral – and of course give you all the useful information you need to make informed decisions.

Funeral Planning Basics is a must read for anyone that wants to pre-plan any aspect of a funeral service. For more information on the contents of this book, check out the “Table of Contents” tab.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 – Why Funeral Planning

Why Plan My Funeral?

Advantages of Funeral Planning

Letting Your Loved Ones Know What You Want

Reliving Your Loved Ones of Difficult Decisions

Reducing The Costs of Your Funeral Service

Removing The Financial Burden of Funeral Costs

Why People Fail to Plan Funerals in Advance

What is Included in a Funeral Plan

Chapter 2 – Making Final Arrangements – First Steps

Formulating a Plan

Who Should Be Notified Following Your Death

Organ Donation

Donation of Organs

Donation of Tissues

Donation of Your Whole Body

Transportation of the Body to a Funeral Home

Preparation of the Body – Embalming

Chapter 3 – Preparing for the Funeral Service

Decide on the Type of Ceremony


The Initial Ceremony


Funeral Mass

Participants in the Ceremony






Pall Bearers

Food and Beverages

Memorial Service

Ceremony Costs

Chapter 4 – Final Disposition

Burial or Cremation – Advantages and Disadvantages


Choosing a Casket

Cost of Caskets

Types of Caskets

Caskets for Cremation

Orthodox Caskets


Grave Liners and Burial Vaults

Headstones and Markers


Disposal Options After Cremation

Types of Cremation Urns

Earth Burials

Above Ground Burials – Columbariums

Scattering of Ashes

Cremation Costs


Chapter 5 – Choosing Your Funeral Provider

Searching for a Funeral Service Provider

Comparing the Costs of Funeral Service Providers

Basic Services Fee

Additional Services

Extra Fees

Common Funeral Charges Explained

The Funeral Rule

Purchase Only the Items and Services You Require

Obtain Direct Quotations

Get a Written Itemized Quotation

Selecting a Funeral Service Provider

I Have Chosen My Provider…..What’s Next?

Chapter 6 – Financing the Cost of Your Funeral

Paying for Your Funeral

Prepayment of Service Fees

Funeral Trusts

Funeral Insurance

Advantages of Prepaying

Using Benefits to Pay for Your Funeral

Social Security Benefit

Veterans’ Benefits

Other Benefits Conclusion

Chapter 7 – The Importance of Estate Planning


Estate Planning – The Basics

Chapter 8 – Funeral Planning Checklist

Funeral Planning Checklist – The Basics

Pre-planning – Funeral

Pre-planning Frequently Asked Questions

Appendix 1 – Funeral Arrangement Form

Appendix 2 – Funeral Cost Planner

Appendix 3 – Information Required for Registration After Death

Appendix 4 – Miscellaneous Personal Details and Contact List


The following forms are included with this book:-

– Funeral Arrangement Form

– Funeral Cost Planner

– Form: Information Required for Registration After Death

– Form: Miscellaneous Personal Details and Contact List

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