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At Your Funeral, “the guy or gal” is important, Not the resume

30 Aug

At your funeral your work history is not all that important. Every heard of  the deceased’s resume being passed out at Funeral? Will your company buy your tombstone?Yes maybe you get life insurance through work. People from work may show up at our funeral. But what is really important is how you are remembered.

Think about what people are going to say at your funeral, assuming anyone shows up. If you are too busy working to be a family man, or at least spend time with people, what is the point? Your family loves you and your  friends want to have some fun and let loose every so often, so why are you still at work? Do you enjoy living a boring life, or risk having your tombstone bought by your company for 78 years of service?

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Your Funeral Guy: Green and Natural Burials are on the way.

7 Dec

A natural burial(or green burial site ) site is woodland in which the dead are buried, wrapped in a shroud or put in coffins-caskets- of pine, cardboard or some other biodegradable material. The site is dedicated a conservation area. The grave sites bear small markers  made with flush stones to the ground. Sometimes a GPS marker is in involved.

Aside from green or natural cemeteries, another popular green alternative is the evolving into artificial ocean reefs. Since 1998,  Eternal Reefs(Atlanta) has taken cremated ashes and mixed them with concrete to create reef balls, which weigh between 400 and 4,000 pounds. The balls get placed  in special  places in the ocean  creating artificial reefs. Coral polyps, anemones and underwater creatures attach themselves to these  balls over time.

A reef  ball memorial starts  from $995  according to Eternal Reefs (Atlanta).

Home funerals are another option. Green and  home funerals go together. A Funeral at home take us back to before the Civil War when Americans  had home funerals handling  and burying their Loved Ones. This also enhances the grief recovery process.

In Texas, folks can act as the funeral directors, retrieve a death certificate and have a  home funeral with a  burial  in their backyard if the city,county permits it. Be sure to check with your state and local authorities to pursue  this option.

Green and Natural Funerals and Burials are on the way. In almost all cases they are a lower cost funeral.

Be sure to lower your funeral expenses.

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Your Funeral Guy: 7 steps to a low cost funeral

3 Nov

The average cost of a Funeral is now 8,000 to 10,000 USD. This according to my last blog post and frugalpigs.com

http://frugalpigs.com/2008/10/27/average-funeral-costs-in-the-us/

Step 1: Choose Cremation and have the service somewhere other than the funeral home.

Step 2: Obtain your casket from an alternative source. Suggestion Order it on the internet.

Step 3: Refuse Embalming- in most cases but not all you may do this

Step 4: Do Everything at the cemetery as was the case with Walt Disney

Step 5: Do as much as possible at church, not the funeral home.

Step 6: Do a home funeral

Step 7: Have a green burial.

A home funeral and a green burial may be not doable in certain parts of the USA today. They will become available to all in the near future.

The details on how to lower your average costs of a funeral are in this funeral book. There is also lots of information on your lower cost funeral here:

Insider's Tips to the Low Cost Less Stress Funeral

Rest in Peace: Insider’s Tips to the Low Cost Less Stress Funeral by R Brian Burkhardt and Matt Bacak. #1 International Best Selling Author Jason Oman also gave thumbs up to this book. This book is published by  Morgan James Publishing.This is your funeral cost book.

Your Funeral Guy, R Brian Burkhardt, Funeral Director, Author, Blogger, State of Illinois

Your Funeral Guy:Knowing Low Cost Funeral options

14 Sep

Knowing Low cost Funeral options such as cremation and direct burial is not the same as choice. It is always best to know your options. Here is a good explanation of cremation. This comes from Jill Essy

“The process of cremation takes about two to three hours. Upon completion of the actual cremation service, the remains which had been cremated are swept into a temporary container. The ashes are placed in a temporary container until a permanent container had been selected and then returned to the family members or placed in another specific location.”

This is an excellent link and explanation of cremation.

http://funeralonline.info/2008/08/27/helpful-information-about-cremation/

A good video on Cremation is here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-ynU6aTzac

It is pretty much common knowledge that cremation anad direct burial can lower the average cost of a funeral

More information can be found here:

Insider's Tips to the Low Cost Less Stress Funeral

Rest in Peace: Insider’s Tips to the Low Cost Less Stress Funeral by R Brian Burkhardt and Matt Bacak. #1 International Best Selling Author Jason Oman also gave thumbs up to this book. This book is published by Morgan James Publishing.

Your Funeral Guy, R Brian Burkhardt, Funeral Director, Author, Blogger, State of Illinois

Your Funeral Guy: Coming to a city near you Low Funeral Cost Planning Guide.

17 Jun

Coming to a city near you is a LOCAL Low Funeral Cost Planning Guide! Funeral Cost Planning just became easy for Seattle and Puget Sound Area Residents. www.SeattleFuneralGuide.com.

“Seattle (June 16, 2008) — TheFuneralSite.com announced today the launch of the Seattle Funeral Guide, the first-ever local online guide for funeral cost planning. While several companies produce local wedding-planning guides, no one has created a local funeral-planning-cost-guide aimed at consumers. “We want to help people plan funerals at home, on their computers”, Anna Copley, cofounder of TheFuneralSite.com, said.”

This along with http://www.tributes.com/and www.TheFuneralSite.com,have been some of the most progressive online funeral cost sites to recently emerge. Expect this and other low cost funeral options to go national. It will be welcome along with the lower cost green funeral.

This was all predicted in:

Insider's Tips to the Low Cost Less Stress Funeral

Rest in Peace: Insider’s Tips to the Low Cost Less Stress Funeral by R Brian Burkhardt and Matt Bacak. #1 International Best Selling Author Jason Oman also gave thumbs up to this book. This book is published by Morgan James Publishing.

Your Funeral Guy, R Brian Burkhardt, Funeral Director, Author, Blogger, State of Illinois

Kris Radish, Gayden Metcalf, Mark Harris, Richard Peck, take notes!

Your Funeral Guy: Beware Funeral Cost Vampires

19 May

BEWARE OF  FUNERAL COST VAMPIRES:

Did you know that on one side of town you can pay $500.00 for a cremation and on another side of town your cremation cost may mean $2200.00.

THIS FROM THE MAY 18th  issue of the Arizona Republic:

“A “direct cremation” at Angels Cremation and Burial in Mesa is $475. At A-L Moore Grimshaw Mortuaries in Phoenix, expect to pay $2,195.

For a “traditional burial,” which includes basic services such as picking up the body, refrigeration, obtaining a death certificate and placing the body in a casket, a customer could pay $1,305 at Greer-Wilson Funeral Home in Phoenix. Or $4,700 at Phoenix Memorial Park and Mortuary.

Not including the cost of the casket.”

This comes from Edythe JensenThe Arizona Republic

View the full story here:

http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2008/05/18/20080518priceofdeath0511.html

As you can see there are truly funeral cost vampires out there. So be sure to find one that is not going to bite you.

You can read more about it here:

Find out about the funeral cost vampires that are out there.

Insider's Tips to the Low Cost Less Stress Funeral

Rest in Peace: Insider’s Tips to the Low Cost Less Stress Funeral by R Brian Burkhardt and Matt Bacak. #1 International Best Selling Author Jason Oman also gave thumbs up to this book.

Your Funeral Guy, R Brian Burkhardt, Funeral Director, Author, Blogger State of Illinois

Your Funeral Guy: Is God on the Side of Funeral Cost? Whose cost?

10 May

It should be more than obvious that God is on the side of Family Funeral Cost.

To say that God is on the side of a Funeral Directors or the funeral industry is quite a stretch. It seems to be implied by many a funeral director. God is on the side of reducing funeral cost. To decided to reduce funeral cost is the basics of Funeral Planning 101. A low cost funeral and saving money for life is always best.

Yes many are honest and truly have the family interest at heart. I became a Funeral Director because I wanted to help families. Indeed the lights need to be paid and the books need to be balanced. However there are recent scandals often unreported by the press and blogs. In Illinois the IFDA, or the Illinois Funeral Directors Association lost 40 million dollars of the IFDA Preneed Trust fund. The IFDA’s license to manage the trust money was removed by the Comptroller of the State of Illinois. This was reported only in one statewide newspaper.

Nationally, NPS or National Prearranged Services, shut down this year because someome ran off with the folks money. A large amount of money. This was a large scale scandal that happened. Families need to be aware of these scams. Prearranged Services are suppose to save folks money, not cost.

Inspite of this Congress on April 29th Initiated after little debate the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Recognition day Day. Many times individual funeral Directors have run off with preneed funds. On April 29th 2008 The recognition day was passed by the House of Representatives with a voice vote.. Congress and the media have not investigated Funeral Director’s inability to keep themselves honest.

The public is not forewarned about dishonest folk in the funeral business. They are in many funeral homes. All Funeral homes are not honest as one may think.

The NFDA, National Funeral Directors Association, by it’s own admission is quite hypocritical on the Funeral Rule. In it’s May 2007 Issue, it admitted that it publicly supported the funeral rule in it’s magazine and at the same time worked against the funeral rule in Congress.

No God is not on the funeral director’s side but on the family’s side. And many families are quite capable of handling the details of a funeral that the funeral director does. Yes families need to pay funeral directors on some of the details of a funeral but they also have the right to handle many of the details of a funeral themselves when they are strong enough and willing to do so! An honest funeral director will keep the families interest first, often the line is blurred and this does not just happen. I have done funerals where nobody came. They deserve the same service as those where thousands showed up. I am not attacking any personal or funeral home’s goodness. The families need to be aware of funeral folks who are not good so they can save on funeral cost.

R.Brian Burkhardt. Your Funeral Guy, Funeral Director State of Illinois, Author, Blogger, Funeral Advocate.

More helpful information can be found on funeral cost here:

Insider's Tips to the Low Cost Less Stress Funeral

Rest in Peace: Insider’s Tips to the Low Cost Less Stress Funeral by R Brian Burkhardt and Matt Bacak