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10 THINGS FUNERAL DIRECTORS WON'T TELL YOU

Planning a funeral for a loved one is a very difficult task. Decisions are often driven by emotions. Reader's Digest released a list of things some funeral directors won't tell a grieving family.

1) PLAN AHEAD BUT DON'T PAY AHEAD

Create a pay-on-death account instead of paying before your funeral. There's always a chance the funeral home could go out of business before you die.

2) THE CEREMONY DOESN'T HAVE TO BE AT A CHAPEL

A funeral doesn't have to be held at a church or chapel. An informal ceremony at a park or the home of the deceased can be just as memorable.

3) SO THE SUIT DOESN'T FIT? DON'T WORRY.

When deciding how to dress the deceased, don't stress. It's the funeral home's job to make clothes that are too big or to small fit perfectly.

4) BRING A FRIEND TO MEET WITH THE FUNERAL DIRECTOR

Bring someone who is not emotionally attached to the deceased with you to meet with the funeral director. That way the friend can intervene if emotional-driven decisions are being made.

5) RECENT PICTURES

The funeral director may ask for a picture of the deceased to help prepare the body. Please provide a recent one.

6) SHOP AROUND

Just like anything that's for sale, funeral prices vary widely, so do a little price comparison.

7) TEETH

Funeral directors don't appreciate being asked to remove gold from the deceased mouth, so it's best not to ask.

8) FUNERAL PACKAGES

Some directors may try to sell a funeral package. Ask for individual prices instead. Some items that are in the packages may not be needed or wanted.

9) FREE FOR VETS

Burial is free at a Veteran Affairs National Cemetery for a veteran and his/her spouse. Vault, grave marker and setting fee included.

10) PICKING A CASKET

The caskets that are in the showroom at a funeral can be purchased online from Walmart, Costco or the manufacturer for cheaper.


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