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May 2019
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Making Funerals More Personal
You may have seen the latest TV ads from a national funeral home chain. The spots feature a motorcycle-themed funeral, a lap around a track for an auto racing fan, and disco party for a dance lover. These commercials are examples of some very unique final farewells and highlight a new focus on creating highly personalized funerals and memorial services.

Without a doubt, creating custom end-of-life ceremonies is one of the hottest trends in the funeral industry. We think that's a great thing since one of the main reasons to have a funeral is to give our friends and family the chance to show their love and respect one last time. There's no better way to do that than to let them share some of the things that make you unique.

Creating a memorial ceremony that doesn't follow a traditional model requires some planning. The best way to make it a true reflection of your unique life is for you to be involved in the plan. You’ll also be giving a great gift to your loved ones since it won't be left to them to guess at what you would want.

There are many ways to create a personalized funeral. Among the most common ways is to include videos, photos, or special music in the ceremony, but there is no right or wrong way. In the end, it's entirely up to you. There is no reason why you can't have any kind of ceremony you want.

If you're having trouble thinking about the type of service you'd like to have, we can help. Our website is filled with information that will help guide you.


>>Read More About How to Personalize a Funeral
>>Download our Guide to Making Funeral Arrangements

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One of  the most popular selections for funeral songs is Monty Python's "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life." While unexpected, it proves the point that one of the best ways to add a personal touch to a funeral or memorial service is through music.


Picking a handful of favorites can be difficult. Our guide to selecting funeral music can help. It includes helpful tips as well as lists of good choices from a variety of genres.

>>More About Music



When a loved one dies, we look for the perfect way to honor their life.Traditionally, society has turned to funeral services that are based on religious or cultural traditions as a way to pay tribute. But times change.


As the world has become more mobile and less connected to religion, we have turned to a less formal, more personalized approach to commemorating our loved ones. Today we see the increasing popularity of Celebrations of Life instead of traditional funerals.

>>Learn More


Dedicating yourself to helping others plan end-of-life ceremonies is a labor of love. It's a job that requires the ability to put yourself in your client's shoes and be open to witnessing the pain and heartbreak that can come with death. Being a funeral officiant also offers the opportunity to help people navigate the difficult path through grief.


Those who take on the challenges of the job find it hugely rewarding. Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant Elaine Voci, Ph.D. recently shared her perspective on the being part of the vibrant Celebrant community.

>>I Want to Learn More


Our animals are part of the family. So it's no surprise that when it's time to say goodbye it can be extremely difficult. For some people, having a ceremony to honor the life of a beloved furry friend that has passed away can offer the perfect way to honor our pet.


We had the pleasure of talking with Laura King, a Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant who specializes in conducting ceremonies for pets at all stages of life. Click below to learn more about Laura and hear her unique point-of-view on holding services for pets.

>>Get to Know Laura

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Have you tried our free online funeral planner yet?

When you save your plan you are automatically upgraded to the Advanced Plan. You'll be able to get an estimate of funeral costs, designate a Plan Guardian, and much more.

Remember... the best time to plan a funeral is before you need to.


Try the plan or log-in to an existing plan.

Funeralwise.com is the place to go on the web for everything you need to know about funerals. Whether you are planning a funeral or attending one, we can provide you with straight-forward answers to your questions and step-by-step instructions to guide you on your way.
We are an independent service that provides free, do-it-yourself funeral planning via our website. We do not own funeral home facilities or cemeteries. We have an "arms-length" relationship with the funeral service providers, suppliers and manufacturers whose services and products are featured on our website.
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