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funeral assignment: how you would want yourself and remains to be handled.

funeral assignment: how you would want yourself and remains to be handled.

Perhaps you have heard the saying, “There are two things in life you can be sure of…death and
taxes.” While both are realities we may try to avoid, many people never give much thought to the
details, both financially and socially, of what happens when we die. Older adults are more inclined to
examine their funeral options (and maybe even preplan funerals), but this assignment is meant to
give you some insight into that process. Your funeral assignment needs to include the following
information:
1) Your choice of how you want your remains to be handled. Do you want to be cremated or
buried?
a) If you choose cremation, you must decide where you want your ashes to be kept or
distributed.
Do you want your ashes spread at a particular location (is it legal at that location), do
you want your ashes interred at a cemetery, kept in an urn (and who gets the urn or will
your ashes be divided and given to multiple people)? Is there still the cost of a casket
with cremation?
b) If you choose to be buried, what kind of casket will you have and how much will it
cost?
2) If you are being cremated, how much will it cost and who will handle the cremation? If you are
having your ashes interred, what is the cost of interment? If you are being buried, where will
you be buried and what is the cost? What is the cost of transporting your casket from the
funeral home to the cemetery? What is the cost of burial at the cemetery (separate from the
cost of the burial plot)?
3) What type of funeral service will you have? Will it include a wake? Will it follow any cultural or
religious traditions and/or customs? What are the costs associated (ie, cost of a one day
versus two day wake)? What is the cost of prayer cards or other items at the funeral?
4) Do you plan to have flowers at your funeral or expect others will send them? What will a large
funeral spray of flowers cost your family members?
5) If you are being buried, will your family require a limo to the cemetery from the funeral home?
How many limousines and what is the cost?
6) Who will say your eulogy? Write your own eulogy describing your life.
7) Give the total cost of your funeral including all of the above costs. Don’t forget to include the cost
to your family members to eat out or bring in food after your service (or between wake times) if applicable.