Preneed Funeral Contracts - What you need to know

Preneed Funeral & Burial Contracts – What You Need to Know

To obtain a price guarantee, you can enter into a "pre-need contract" with a funeral service provider and/or cemetery. Your funeral plan will be the basis for the pre-need contract which will specify the services and merchandise being purchased. You can contract in advance for some or all of your funeral goods and services. Many people choose to pre-arrange only their cemetery property — a plot or crypt. Others contract in advance for funeral services, burial services and merchandise (e.g., casket, burial vault, or monument).


Funeral Etiquette

Funerals can be socially and emotionally hard to handle whether you are planning the service for your own loved one or paying respects for a friend or co-worker. We have lots of tips and advice to help you navigate the difficult days of mourning.


Four Funerals And No Wedding

By Guest Contributor Barry Slocombe The life of a funeral celebrant is rewarding. It can also be highly challenging. Earlier this year, Celebrant Barry Slocombe found out just how challenging. He decided to share his experience with us so that we could get a peek behind the curtain and see just what life is like […]


How to Beat the High Cost of a Funeral

Funerals are expensive! But just how much does a funeral cost? Even a basic funeral can cost thousands of dollars. What’s the secret to beating the high cost of a funeral? Without a doubt, planning ahead is the best way to manage how much you spend on your funeral. Waiting until the time of the […]



Are You Taking the Right Approach to Funeral Planning?

RETHINKING FUNERAL PLANNING – Take the same approach you take to planning for retirement. Most of us are accustomed to thinking about retirement planning. Even if retirement is years away, we understand the need to have a firm plan to get to where we want to be and retire comfortably. A good retirement plan includes […]


Focus on Funeral Insurance

May 2021 FUNERAL INSURANCE: PRENEED OR FINAL EXPENSE? What’s right for you? At Funeralwise, we’re all about planning. As we always say, the best time to plan a funeral is BEFORE you need it. Preplanning your funeral doesn’t have to cost you anything (see our Wise Planning System). Still, eventually, you’ll have to think about […]


10 Tips For Having A Cheap Funeral

Lots of people look for ways to have a cheap funeral. It’s not that they don’t care about the funeral, they just can’t afford today’s funeral costs (see how much a funeral costs). Fortunately, with some pre-planning and a little creativity, you can have a nice end-of-life send-off without breaking the bank. In other words, […]


FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Expense Reimbursement Policy

In June 2021, FEMA updated its Funeral Expense Reimbursement Policy. To read about the update click here. You can also visit the FEMA page for the latest information on the policy.  Note: FEMA will begin accepting applications for COVID-19 funeral-related assistance on Monday, April 12, 2021. The application should be made by calling the agency’s […]


Do I need the Wise Planning System if I have a prepaid funeral plan?

Question: Why do I need the Funeralwise Wise Planning System if I already have a prepaid plan through a funeral home. Answer: The Wise Planning System is a powerful tool that offers things your prepaid plan doesn’t — like ceremony planning, checklists, storing personal and genealogical information, and more. When you buy a prepaid plan […]


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