Planning & Arranging a Jewish Funeral

This article covers all the aspects of arranging a Jewish Funeral Service. Understanding the ritual of a Jewish funeral How is the body prepared for a Jewish funeral? The Jewish Funeral Service Jewish Customs and Rituals that follow the burial Shiva – the immediate period of mourning after the death has occurred Shloshim – the … Read more

Funeral Cremations

Cremation is fast becoming the preferred choice of many families in America today.  In fact, the cremation rate has been steadily growing for the last 5 years and has now reached almost 60%. Of course, in some states the cremation rate is much higher (such as California), but in most states now the interest in … Read more

Social Assistance Funeral Programs

The table below lists by State what type and level of financial assistance may be offered by a State and County to assist families with funeral expenses. State State-level Assistance County Department County-level Assistance Limit of family contribution Alabama No County Dept. of Human Services Minimal – $400 According to Alabama law, each county needs … Read more

Planear un Funeral o Cremación en el estado de Florida

Enfrentar la pérdida de un ser querido puede ser un momento muy estresante, especialmente si se es el responsable de organizar el funeral. Este artículo tiene como objetivo guiarlo en el proceso de realizar un funeral o una cremación en el estado de Florida. Florida  es el cuarto estado más poblado de los Estados Unidos, … Read more

Green Burial Sites in the United States

What is a ‘green’ burial site? There are currently approximately 93 registered green burial cemeteries and memorial woodlands in the United States. These are recognized natural burial sites, although some are hybrid cemeteries where both natural and traditional burials take place. A green burial cemetery is also sometimes called an eco-cemetery. As we explained in … Read more

DIY Funeral Care: Family – directed Funerals

Arranging a basic cremation, or natural burial, and conducting your own memorial service Only a century ago death care was largely a ritual performed in the domain of the family. A greater number of people died at home, and family generally cared for, and prepared their deceased, without the intervention of funeral directors. The introduction … Read more

How to Protect the Deceased from Identity Theft

With our lives so documented in a digital world today, the deceased are even easier victims of identity theft than ever. It can be extremely distressing to discover that your loved one’s identity has been stolen following their death. Not only can it be very emotionally tormenting, the financial implications to the good-standing of the … Read more

Traditional Funeral or ‘Life Celebration’: How modern attitudes to death rituals and a lean to life celebration is changing how we face the inevitable

“Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans.” — John Lennon Have you created a ‘bucket list’? Have you consciously thought about all the things you want to do before you die? Urgh, no, you may say, that’s very distasteful! Why? Because in our culture the “D”words are still rather … Read more

Homegoing Funerals: An African – American Funeral Tradition

‘Homegoing’ funerals have gained some notoriety of late, first The Learning Channel (TLC) aired a feature reality show based in a funeral home in Dallas where elaborate and unusual homegoing funerals were staged. Now, Christine Turner, a filmmaker in New York has made a documentary centered around an African-American funeral home in Harlem, NY that … Read more

Green – Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn: A National Historic Landmark

Last month whilst on a trip to New York City, I took the time to visit Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn. As I stepped off the noisy, chaotic streets of Brooklyn into the acres of quiet tranquility sitting above Brooklyn, it was like stepping into the ‘Secret Garden’. The history of Green-Wood Cemetery Green-Wood cemetery originally … Read more

Glossary of Funeral Terms: How to Understand the General Price List

Understanding the terminology used by funeral directors can sometimes be confusing. By law all funeral homes need to be able to provide you a general price list (GPL). The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) established this rule to ensure that consumers were given clear information about pricing when negotiating with funeral homes. Unfortunately the ‘al la … Read more

Funeral Home Ordered to Cease the Liquid Cremation of Bodies

America’s first funeral home to cremate bodies by liquefying them has been ordered to stop performing the process. The process called alkaline hydrolysis, or also known as resomation, uses lye and heat, to speed up the natural process of a human body breaking down. In an age where ecological and environmental policies are rife, and … Read more

Funeral Glossary of Terms

Funeral People Explained – the different roles you may encounter when dealing with a death We have listed below some of the people you may encounter when you visit a funeral home, and/or are dealing with arranging a funeral or cremation. Funeral Director/Mortician This is the certified and trained professional who is licensed to perform … Read more

Federal Trade Commission – Undercover Investigations – Funeral Law

Federal Trade Commission ‘Funeral Law’ conducts Undercover Investigations The ‘Funeral Law’ is a federal law that protects consumers. The Funeral Industry needed to be governed by trade laws just like any other retail industry, as funeral homes can take advantage of consumers and exploit them. Grieving families who don’t know their legal rights are vulnerable … Read more

FAQ’s Relating to Funerals and Cremations

Preplanning a funeral or cremation Visitor 77116313 04 Apr 2014, 02:31 PM My mother, perhaps unfortunately, signed up for direct cremation with PRENEEDS Family Service Eastern Region. The rate they charged her in 2006 is double what you cite here. Now they want to charge for death certificates. Is this a fee I can get … Read more

Economic crisis puts the Funeral Industry in a ‘Grave’ state!

The old cliché resonates “Nothing is certain but death and taxes” and I have heard many talks about the ‘death’ industry as a “recession-proof” business. Yet the Funeral Industry is now feeling its own pinch as the current troubling economic times continue. This once very traditional industry has to move out of the dark ages … Read more

Drive – thru Viewing at Funeral Homes

Bizarre, or just a sign of the culture of our times: Drive-thru Viewing at Funeral Homes The funeral industry that has often been criticized for being something of a ‘dinosaur’ is certainly now demonstrating some assimilation of modern cultural trends. The introduction by some funeral homes of web-casting of funeral services, was viewed by many … Read more

Capturing a DNA Sample Before a Cremation

Securing your DNA: A wise step to take before cremation! I was first introduced to the concept of securing DNA by a funeral director earlier this year. DNA has become a household word these days, one that we generally think of in terms of genealogy, genetics or paternity. This was the first time I considered … Read more

African – American Funeral Homes in the USA

In the United States there is a rich cultural heritage of black owned and operated funeral homes. Indeed black funeral parlors were some of the first businesses to be set up by African-Americans after the abolition of slavery. How do you locate an African-American owned and operated funeral home? Often at US Funerals Online we … Read more

The US Funeral Industry Today

How much is the U.S. Funeral Industry worth? The U.S funeral market is currently estimated to be worth around $20 billion annually, with 2.4 million funerals taking place each year. Due to the increase in the U.S. senior population in coming years, this death rate is set to rise. There are an estimated 19,000 funeral … Read more

Neptune Society Have 4 Price Increases in 30 Days

At US Funerals Online, we look at many funeral related web sites on a daily basis. We have been watching the Service Corporation International brand “Neptune Society” with great interest, for just over a month. If you visit the Neptune Society web site, you will see at the top of the page, next to their … Read more

Maritime Mortuary – the cruise to eternity!

CNN ran an interesting story today from Asia about the design project for a floating cemetery. The title of “A cruise for cremains” caught my eye as I envisaged that the Carnival Cruise Ship Line was introducing a service offering ash scattering cruises from the U.S. to the Caribbean. I recently read of a baby … Read more

Funeral Poverty in the 21st Century

We all are familiar with the term ‘poverty’ and what it implies. The US Census 2017 reported that 13.9% of Americans live below the poverty line or poverty threshold. The poverty threshold is defined as a household income of $16,240 for a family of 2. This, however, does not take into account the thousands of … Read more

Funeral Homes Turn to Event Hosting to Boost Revenues

This seems to be a growing trend among progressive funeral homes today. Since we first published an article in January 2011 about ‘US Funeral Homes Adapting to Host Weddings and Other Life Celebration Events’, it seems there are more and more innovative ways in which funeral homes are serving as community centers. The bottom line … Read more

Funeral Homes catering to Hispanic Population

According to the 2008 census, people of Hispanic origin are now the nation’s largest ethnic or race minority. Hispanics constitute 15% of the nation’s total population, with 48% of the Hispanic-origin population living in California and Texas. With an ever-increasing Hispanic population, even the Funeral Industry is now adapting to how to fulfill the growing … Read more

What do I do if I can’t afford a funeral?

The first thing to remember is that a befitting and dignified funeral does not have to cost you a fortune. How much you payout for funeral services is not a reflection of how much you cared about someone. The most important aspect of conducting a funeral service is to enable family and friends to be … Read more

What are your options on how to pay for a funeral or cremation?

Funeral services can be expensive. The National Funeral Directors Association estimates the average cost of a funeral today at $7,360, and for those who simply have no cash resources, paying for funeral expenses can put them into crisis. Traditionally funeral homes would ask for “cash advances” when negotiating a funeral contract with a customer. Cash … Read more

What are the average funeral costs to expect?

We often get asked the question “What does the average funeral cost?” Of course, quoting an average price can be difficult as funeral prices do vary significantly, depending upon both an area and a funeral provider. Like many other commodities in our society, the average cost of a funeral has increased steadily over the last … Read more

Putting Your Affairs In Order

Everyone knows they are going to die sooner or later. While we all hope it is “later”, we should put our affairs in order for the benefit of our loved ones. Great comfort can be achieved by knowing that advance planning for the inevitable will have eased the trauma of your passing for your family. … Read more

Planning and Preparing for a Funeral

It is no easy task to effectively plan and prepare for a funeral, especially if you are in a heightened emotional state following a bereavement. If the death was unexpected, then you are thrust into planning the funeral with very little time, and although it makes the task no easier if you were dealing with … Read more

How to Save Money Arranging a Funeral or Cremation

Funerals can be unnecessarily expensive, in fact so much so, that a funeral is usually the 3rd or 4th largest single purchase you will make in your life behind a house, a wedding and a car. Now would you go and purchase a house, or a car, without any research or planning? No, of course … Read more

Funeral Planning in the Age of the Handheld Device

The funeral industry has traditionally been slow to adapt to change. There are still funeral homes without a website. To those of us whose livelihood is based online, and better still spend the greater part of our working day ‘plugged in’, the notion of life without the Internet just seems…well unimaginable today. Although many funeral … Read more

Eight Tips for Executors

So you’ve been named an executor of an estate, but what does that really mean? An executor is the person in charge of someone’s affairs after they die. This can include tasks such as making sure the deceased’s will is followed, cleaning out and selling a home, closing accounts and keeping the peace among beneficiaries, … Read more

Planning and Arranging a Jewish Funeral

Understanding the ritual of a Jewish funeral How is the body prepared for a Jewish funeral? The Jewish Funeral Service Jewish Customs and Rituals that follow the burial Shiva – the immediate period of mourning after the death has occurred Shloshim – the following period of mourning Yahrzeit – the anniversary of the death Can … Read more

What to do when a US citizen dies in Mexico

There are a significant number of United States citizens now living permanently or semi-permanently in Mexico.  According to the last Mexican census in 2010, more than 738,000 people born in the US now reside in Mexico, and this is still an approximate figure, as it may not include many ex-pats who remain in Mexico without … Read more

Memorial Reef: Creating a new life in the afterlife!

The death care industry in the United States is presently experiencing a period of significant change.  Americans are turning to cremation as a funeral alternative at a much higher rate than was originally forecast.  Tradition is eroding, environmentalism is expanding, and the memorialization aspect of the funeral ritual now presents boundless possibilities when the body … Read more

How to transport cremated remains

This guide to shipping cremated remains aims to highlight exactly what you need to know to transport cremated remains, either within the United States or to another country.  As the cremation rate increases and families are more dispersed, there is a growing demand for the easy transportation of cremated remains.  In some cases, the family … Read more

How to create your own memorial tributes

Memorial tributes form an integral part of how we commemorate the memory of the person we have lost.  There are many forms of memorial tributes, and new ones are emerging as modernity fuses with the funeral industry, and memorialization becomes an intrinsic aspect of death care rituals. Funeral homes offer various memorial tribute services as … Read more

Creating an Online Memorial Tribute

We all spend more waking hours in the ‘digital world’ these days, and with 89.4% of the U.S. population online(1), living our life, and indeed our eternity, in a virtual space is becoming an intrinsic aspect of our culture.  Culturally the ‘space’ of online memorials is becoming our virtual cemeteries! For those of you who … Read more

Cemetery Plot Buying and Selling

The funeral industry has witnessed many changes to tradition in recent years, one of which is the purchasing and selling of cemetery plots.  The costs for a burial plot can vary enormously from area to area, and even within a cemetery.  In order to secure plots, many families buy cemetery plots well in advance to … Read more

Ash Scattering

How to Scatter Ashes Where Can Ashes be Scattered Scattering By Sea Memorial Reefs Holyland Ash Scattering Cremation Diamonds Scattering By Air Ascension Scattering Cremation Fireworks Balloon Scattering Ashes Scattered into Space Niche and Quirky Options for Ash Scattering Cremated remains, ‘cremains’, and ash scattering Once a body is cremated, the remains, which are often … Read more

What is a Cremation Society?

A cremation society is an organization, made up of members, who through their membership ensure their future cremation wishes are met.  Society members usually pay a subscription fee to become a member and can either preplan and prepay their cremation, or merely pre-register.  In some states, state law allows a funeral business to use “society” … Read more

Cremation and the Catholic Church

For much of its history, the Catholic Church banned cremation as a means of disposition for deceased Catholics.  Cremation was not allowed according to the Catechism of the Church, as it was not a proper way to respect the dead and respect the human body.  This is related to the notion that man was created … Read more

A Guide to Buying a Casket

The purchase of a casket or coffin is an integral aspect of making funeral arrangements. It is also typically the single, largest purchase related to a funeral.  Unfortunately, most people are thrust into making a decision about buying a casket when they are feeling extremely emotional, and this means their buying decisions are not necessarily … Read more

What is the average cost of a cremation in New Jersey?

The cremation trend is sweeping across our nation as more and more families choose cremation as a lower-cost alternative to traditional burial.  In New Jersey, the cremation rate has climbed steadily over the last decade and now represents around 5 out of every 10 funerals.  This rate is expected to climb significantly over the next … Read more

What to do when someone dies

When you first receive news of a death, be it expected or unexpected, the initial reaction is shock.  Even if you have nursed a loved one through illness or old age, it can still be numbing and distressing when they finally pass away.  If you are the next-of-kin and responsible for making the funeral arrangements … Read more

The Traditional American Funeral

The transition from a home funeral to funeral home What we consider a ‘traditional’ American Funeral today is quite different from the practice of funerals that occurred across our nation over two hundred years ago.  Before the American Civil War home funerals were the general practice.  By the mid-nineteenth century, the preservation of bodies by … Read more

Military Funerals – Veteran’s Funerals

When a loved one who was a member of the United States military forces dies, the family will sometimes wish to arrange a burial with military honors.  There are 114 national VA cemeteries in the United States, however, not every state has a national cemetery.  There are also a number of state-run Veteran cemeteries.  The … Read more

What is the average cost of a cremation?

Cremation now accounts for almost 55% of all funerals in the United States, with industry watchdogs reporting that by around 2035, the cremation rate will hit just under 80%.  This is a huge shift in the death care industry from traditional burial funeral to cremation.  There are several reasons why cremation is gaining popularity and … Read more

Low-Cost Cremations

Cremation is on the increase in North America, and forecast to rise considerably over the next fifteen years.  It appears that Americans are shifting in their preference for tradition and burial.  The Cremation Association of North America CANA (2010) conducted research that has evidenced the following nine factors as considerations as to why cremation is … Read more

How To Arrange a Low-Cost Cremation

Dealing with a death & making funeral or cremation arrangements Dealing with a bereavement that has recently occurred, or is imminent, is an extremely distressing time.  For those who have not had to deal with making the necessary arrangements following a family death, this can be an additional stress, especially with the need to take … Read more

Can an Obese Person be Cremated?

As a ‘Fast Food Nation’, we have an obesity epidemic approaching us, and here at US Funerals Online we are being asked more frequently about what happens when someone overweight opts for cremation.  With over a third (39.8%) of the adult population in the U.S. classed as clinically obese, and around 64% actually classed as … Read more

Scattering cremation ashes in the Caribbean Sea

The cremation rate in the United States is now at 55% nationally [CANA], with some areas experiencing much higher cremation rates, and some areas such as Texas experiencing exponential growth in the cremation rate year-on-year.  The increased cremation rate means that more families are now faced with the question of what to do with the … Read more

Outdoor Cremation – the Funeral Pyre of a mountain town in Colorado

Crestone, Colorado is the location of the only outdoor human cremation facility in the United States.  Some may consider it an archaic tradition, but the facility in Crestone will perform a funeral pyre for anyone, regardless of their religion. Funeral industry professionals say that this facility is the only one of its kind in the … Read more

What is Direct Cremation?

The cremation rate in the U.S. has now reached over 55% as more families are choosing cremation as an alternative to a traditional burial service.  Many funeral service providers are reporting much higher cremation rates, with some funeral homes now finding 70-80% of their funeral cases involve a cremation. It is even more interesting to … Read more

What is a Cremation Society?

A cremation society is an organization, made up of members, who through their membership ensure their future cremation wishes are met.  Society members usually pay a subscription fee to become a member and can either preplan and prepay their cremation, or merely pre-register.  In some states, state law allows a funeral business to use “society” … Read more

Air Transportation for Funeral Homes

With a more transient population today, and with the size of the United States alone, the need for the transportation of human remains has been growing in demand.  As families have moved away from their State of origin for employment, relationships or retirement so has the issue of ‘repatriating’ their remains following death become a … Read more

Cremation Urns

A complete Guide to Buying a Cremation Urn There is a wide array of Cremation Urns available on the market today, and as the cremation rate in the U.S. increases, so this market will expand.  In addition to the market for Cremation Urns for human remains, there is also a large market for keepsake urns … Read more

The Funeral Home and The Medical Examiner

A smooth and cooperative relationship is required between the Medical Examiner’s office and local funeral homes in order that funeral directors can liaise with families, provide prompt information about the examination process, and make arrangements to schedule the collection of the deceased for a funeral or cremation in a timely manner. Why is a body … Read more

Burial or Cremation

Choosing between Burial or Cremation When it comes to arranging a funeral today, you have two main funeral options to choose between when selecting your disposition method – burial or cremation.  A ‘funeral’ refers to the activity that takes place in arranging the disposition.  A funeral or funeral service can be a burial or a … Read more

How Baby Boomers may change the notion of ‘death’ in society

The Baby Boomer generation has already made its mark upon the death-care industry, the first generation to demonstrate a changing attitude towards funerals.  This post-war generation, that has been attributed to being radical and revolutionary in all aspects of their lives, is now impacting on the death-care industry as they face their ‘final curtain’ or … Read more

Cremation Laws and How They affect Arranging a Cremation

Cremation Funeral

As cremation is growing in popularity as a disposition choice, we are finding that more people are searching online to find out the laws for cremation in their state.  As a body is completely reduced to just ashes in the cremation process, there are quite strict laws governing the cremation of a body.  There are … Read more