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'I've made a few notes...'

Plan your funeral, but leave room for changes

Since death is inevitable, many people — even in youthful years and good health — choose to make decisions about their funeral. And they find satisfaction in doing so.

They know that if they don't make key decisions, someone else will. Without survivors or direction, the state may make decisions that may or may not reflect the desires of the deceased.

Some people commend the funeral process, selections and planning, to their loved ones. In fact, some say it's a necessary or valuable part of the grief process. The planning becomes a time to gather, tell stories and pull together as a family. The time-tested tradition of planning a service gives family and friends a chance to begin grieving together.


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