If you’ve never planned a funeral before you might feel overwhelmed and not even know where to begin or what questions to ask. If so, you are not alone. In the early 20th century, Americans largely handed over the responsibility for caring for their dead to funeral directors. Over time, we talked about it less and less until we got to where we are now, largely ignorant of our options and what’s involved. Read more...
Making your own funeral plans will help your survivors make decisions and control costs when you die. Grieving families without plans are ill prepared to select funeral goods and services or make sound decisions about funeral or memorial ceremonies. Pressed for decisions, they often buy more costly and elaborate funerals than they would if plans were in place and family discussions had determined what was and was not wanted. Read more...
- Death Care Decisions Declaration (pdf)
- Did You Forget? The Most Important Part of Funeral Planning (pdf)
- End-of-Life Health Care Planning Documents and Advance Directives for New York State
- How to Plan a Memorial Service (pdf)
- Information Checklist for Survivors (pdf)
- Information Required for a Death Certificate in NYS (pdf)