Funerals 101: Everything You Need to Know

Funerals 101

Here you’ll find comprehensive, unbiased information about funerals. It’s where you can learn what you need to know to make smart choices in planning funerals, purchasing funeral products, and supporting friends in grief.

Advance Directives Put Your Wishes in Writing

If you’re incapacitated at the end of life – unable to speak or communicate with doctors or loved ones – how will they know your wishes for end-of-life care? Would they make the same decisions you would have made for your care? You can answer these questions by putting your preferences in writing now, using advance directives.

The Three Types of Advance Directives

You should consider drawing up all (or a combination) of the three main types of directives:

  1. Living will – instructions for your preferred level of treatment (for example, whether to have a feeding tube or other forms of life support.)
  2. Durable power of attorney for health care – designation of another person to make medical decisions for you if you can’t make them for yourself.

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Get answers to your funeral-related questions

Our Funeralwise Forums is the place to go if you want an answer to a specific question about funerals. The questions we receive are often very personal and may involve difficult family relationships. The questions cover a broad spectrum, such as: who to invite to the funeral or who not to invite, how to send notice of a funeral, where to place the flowers, and how to arrange the seating. Check it out.

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