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"To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven. A time to be born, and a time to die."--Ecclesiastes 3:1-2.

No one wants to talk about death and funerals. Too depressing. Too macabre. Better to gather friends and talk about million-dollar Survivor Rich Hatch, funny episodes of Will & Grace and the entertaining Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher. It certainly is more fun.

Unfortunately, death is a fact of life and there simply is no way to avoid it. For indeed there is a "time to be born and a time to die." When someone dies, we hold a funeral, a word related to a Sanskrit term meaning smoke, which refers to an ancient custom of cremating the dead.

Today we also cremate our dead, but the most common disposition is to hold a funeral or ceremony and bury our dead under or above ground. Through a funeral, we pay our last respects and celebrate the life of a departed loved one.

But the cost and the details involved in a funeral can be overwhelming. So planning ahead gives one peace of mind and eases the emotional and financial strain of those left behind. What to do?

The Steps to Planning a Funeral


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