Funeral Planning Resources You Need

Funeral planning can seem overwhelming. Losing a family member is an emotional experience, and grief can make the funeral planning process difficult. Pre-planning final arrangements helps relieve your family of both emotional and financial burdens. However, we also offer support to those who have an immediate need to plan a funeral for a family member or friend who has passed away.

Whatever your need, the Dignity Memorial® network of funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers is here to help. We guide you every step of the way—from choosing between traditional burial planning and cremation, designing a religious ceremony or a celebration of life, and deciding on cemetery property. We even offer grief support services for you and your family.

We want you to feel confident and comfortable planning a funeral for yourself or a loved one. Use our funeral planning checklist and other resources as a starting point, then contact a Dignity Memorial provider to learn more. We’re here for you when you need us.

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Funeral planning checklist

This simple series of checklists outlines what you should bring to a funeral arrangements meeting. The checklists guide you through planning a funeral, creating an obituary, filing a death certificate, burial planning and more.

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We celebrate life

A celebration of life focuses on remembering life in a lively, joyful way. With favorite foods, music, decor and more personalized touches, we can help you create a unique individual celebration.

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Traditional funeral

Though cultural and religious traditions and personal preferences inform individual funerals, traditional funerals share some commonalities.

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Cremation is an increasingly common choice. Our experts can walk you through the process, from planning a service to choosing cemetery property.

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Start your funeral planning online

A memorial service should be as unique and special as the person it celebrates. Our online Dignity Planner is a blueprint for designing a personalized service one step at a time.

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Funeral costs

How much does a funeral cost? We outline everything you need to budget for when planning a funeral. 

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What to do when someone dies

The stress and grief of losing a loved one can make funeral planning difficult. Let us walk you through all the steps.

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Planning a veteran's funeral

We have an expertise in conducting military funerals. We work with members of all branches of the U.S. armed forces and offer veterans funeral packages at special discounted prices.

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Choosing and buying cemetery property

Find out everything you need to know about burial planning and purchasing cemetery property, whether you choose cremation or traditional casket burial.

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Funeral poems and readings ideas

A meaningful poem or passage is one way to make a service special. Learn how to choose a reading for your or your loved one’s service.

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How to write a eulogy

This guide will walk you through how to write, prepare for and deliver a meaningful eulogy.

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Cremation vs. burial explained

Cremation or burial is a personal choice. Our guide breaks down the differences between cremation and traditional casket burial, so you can make an informed decision.

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Personalized funeral ideas

A funeral service shouldn’t be a cookie-cutter affair. We design unique funerals that deeply reflect the life lived. Learn how you can plan a personalized funeral service or celebration of life.

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Talking about funeral arrangements

Talking about funeral arrangements can be emotionally challenging. Learn about several ways to bring it up with your loved ones and what to say.

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Plan a beautiful, personal remembrance

Each life is like no other. Particular passions, milestone moments and legacies created weave together to tell a story that is completely unique. The Insider’s Guide to Funeral & Cremation Planning will walk you through inspirational ideas and the simple steps to planning an unforgettable memorial of a loved one’s life—or your own when you plan in advance. Get started today.


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