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May 2020

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FUNERALS IN THE TIME OF COVID

From the way we work to the way we socialize, COVID-19 has had a profound effect on all of us. For those who have lost a loved one during these difficult times, the results have been particularly heartbreaking. That’s because it’s not just routine activities that have changed, but how we grieve.

At least for the time being, most of us are forced to wait to celebrate the life of a loved one lost. That means grief may be delayed or deferred and that's not easy. Our traditions and customs normally lead us to paying tribute right away so that we can start to navigate the difficult road ahead.

Our latest post in the Funeralwise Forums, Goodbye for Now, looks at ways to honor a loved one now while waiting until social distancing requirements are relaxed to have a larger celebration of life. We hope the tips and advice are helpful.

For those who are currently grieving, we have resources on our website that may help. If you are feeling overwhelmed, we encourage you to reach out for help.

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CREATING A CEREMONY

Designing a farewell ceremony or a celebration is often the last chance we have to honor our loved one. The process can be a challenge, but it can also be extremely rewarding.

Our website is rich with information to help you plan your ceremony. If you prefer to get help with your planning, we also have information on how you can work with a funeral celebrant to design a meaningful and personal farewell event.

GO TO CELEBRATIONS OF LIFE
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FW FAVORITES: GIFTS

Finding a sympathy gift that expresses how you feel and has lasting meaning for the person you are buying it for can be difficult.

Our article, 10 Unique and Thoughtful Sympathy Gifts, can help you get started on your search for the perfect sympathy gift. Many of the items in the list don't cost a dime. If you are purchasing something, our Memorial Store carries a wide variety of keepsakes and treasures.

READ 10 UNIQUE GIFTS
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THE COST OF FUNERAL PREPLANNING: MYTH VERSUS REALITY

MYTH: Funeral Preplanning is expensive!
REALITY: Funeral Preplanning doesn't have to cost you a dime.

When you preplan your funeral you set out a guide for your loved ones to use in carrying out your final wishes. These plans come in all shapes and sizes--from a few notes on a piece of paper to detailed instructions on everything from the music that's played to the flowers that are displayed. Creating a plan does not mean that you have to pay for specific products and services.

While it's always good to make sure that you have funds set aside to cover end-of-life costs, these funds don't have to be attached to your funeral plan. That means that you have total flexibility in determining not just how you want your funeral handled, but how you want to pay for it.

To help you understand the ins and outs of funeral preplanning we have created a new page on our website that explores the topic of planning a funeral in advance versus prepaying. We invite you to visit the page and learn more about to get peace of mind by thinking about your funeral now.

LEARN MORE ABOUT PREPLANNING
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Use code MEMORIAL10 and take 10% off your
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THE WISE PLANNING SYSTEM: COMPLETE PLAN SPECIAL OFFER

During these difficult times we want to help. That's why we've been offering our top of the line planner, the Wise Plan Complete, at no charge. If you are already using the Complete Plan, thank you! We would love to hear what you think.

If you have the Wise Plan Essentials version and would like to upgrade, send us a note and we'll upgrade you right away.

We realize that creating an online funeral plan is not for everyone, but if you have been considering taking that step, now is a great time to do it. Once you save the Quick Plan you'll be automatically upgraded to our top-of-the-line version (a $49.95 value).

Our hope is that making our best planner available at no cost will help you give people the peace of mind that being prepared brings.

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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 will provide you with straight-forward answers to your questions and step-by-step instructions to guide you on your way.

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