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ARTICLE AND LINKS FROM LUCILLE ROSETTI
AN ACT OF KINDNESS: MAKING END-OF-LIFE DECISIONS IN ADVANCE
Nobody wants to think about their death and what happens afterward, but failing to do so can leave a confused mess for your loved ones to figure out. That’s not a great idea because the ones you leave behind will be emotionally compromised, and the last thing they’ll want to do is make last-second arrangements about matters such as cremation or burial, graveside service or full-service funeral home service, and viewing of the body or no viewing. Not knowing your wishes, your family may feel uncomfortable not knowing whether they’re handling things the way you’d have wanted. That’s one reason it’s important to overcome a natural reluctance to discuss death and make your final dispositions ahead of time.
Making your end-of-life arrangements ahead of time is about more than just deciding what hymn should be played at your funeral service. You’ll need to make arrangements for end-of-life care, which should include discussing options concerning life-sustaining treatments; determining what treatments an individual would or would not desire if facing a life-ending condition; and making official advance directives in case you’re incapacitated. Advanced care planning discussions and arrangements are helpful to healthcare providers as well as family.
Determining funeral arrangements in advance takes the burden off your loved ones, but you may not want to prepay for a funeral. If your plans change or you leave the state where you purchase a funeral plan, you stand to lose your money in cancellation fees. Instead, set aside money for the purpose so you can comparison shop when it’s time to make your final arrangements.
Think about expressing to your loved ones how you want to be remembered and honored. Memorializing can help your loved ones through the grieving process. It can be simple, like keeping your ashes in a beautiful urn displayed at home. Or, it can be creative; for example, if you love the ocean, you can ask that your ashes be incorporated into a coral reef to help nurture it. If you love to cook, your loved ones can have your recipe cards printed onto an apron. If you love nature, and a loved one has space in their backyard, you can ask them to create a memorial garden.
HAVE THE DISCUSSION
Don’t expect your family to be any more enthused about discussing death and funeral arrangements, but it’s an important discussion to have. Those closest to you need to understand your wishes, so be very clear and frank with everyone so there’s no misunderstanding and to minimize the likelihood of a conflict arising among family members once you’ve passed away. It may help to make loved ones part of the planning process and ask for help in determining the best and most cost-effective options. If family members are involved in the planning, they’re less likely to contradict decisions you’ve made.
Assigning individual responsibilities is an important part of the planning process and very necessary so that those you leave behind have the authority and legal right to make decisions about you and your estate. That’s why people give a trusted individual power of attorney to act on their behalf when they’re unable to, someone to administer a living will, and someone to deal with social security, life insurance issues, selling your home, and legal forms once you’re gone.
Joining a memorial society puts you in touch with the necessary information to make financially sound decisions when it comes to funeral planning. You can access price surveys of funeral homes and receive guidance in funeral planning. In some cases, they’ll negotiate discounts for members at local funeral homes. Considering the savings (and that it costs less than $100 to join), membership is well worthwhile.
Ultimately, making end-of-life arrangements is an act of love and consideration for your family. Not leaving anything to question will make the grieving process easier for your loved ones. It’ll be a rough time, so do your loved ones a favor by taking difficult decisions out of their hands.
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Coping with grief during a loved ones terminal illness by Lucille Rosetti:
Helping seniors cope with the loss of a spouse by Lucille Rosetti:
END-OF-LIFE SEMINAR (POSTPONED)
Date: SCHEDULED FOR A LATER DATE
Few people have taken the necessary steps to be prepared for their eventual death.
Oftentimes, that failure produces problems, making it more difficult for patients and their families to handle end-of-life issues in an appropriate manner. As a public service to help abate this oversight, the Franklin Cemetery Association is hosting a 5-part Seminar on “End-of-Life Issues and Solutions.” These free seminars will be held at Franklin Community Church.
For more information, please download our flier here.
THE NEW FCA WEBSITE
After months of hard work, we are happy to officially announce the launch of our brand new website!
The website has been completely redesigned to provide our visitors with an easier way to learn about who we are, as well as what services and solutions we offer to help you. We hope you enjoy the new fresh and modern design. For any questions, suggestions, feedback or comments, please email us at FranklinCemetery@outlook.com.