Women and Funeral Planning


Published: 05/20/2010

by Funeral Home Resource Team


When it comes to funerals, women do most of the funeral arrangements and planning. Nearly two thirds of the estimated 2.3 million deaths will be planned, arranged and ultimately paid for by women, most often because she is the surviving member of the marriage. It is a well known fact that women outlive men. So when a funeral is about to take place it is usually a woman who must make all or most of the funeral arrangements and decisions that come along with a death.

Women are also the primary caretakers of elderly parents, and are most often the ones planning the funeral.

What is surprising is that, despite the fact women will be making these decisions, few women know much about planning a funeral. It is not unusual for a widow or the adult child of a deceased parent to write a check or authorize the spending of $6,000 to $10,000 in a matter of an hour or two.

Few people would admit to spending $5,000 or more on something that they knew little or nothing
about. But when it comes to funeral planning, when judgment is often clouded by grief or guilt, they turn to the nearest funeral director to tell them what to do. And its big business. Women want the best for their families in life and in death.

However, if women take the time to learn something about the funeral process and what their partner wants, they can significantly reduce the cost and stress of the funeral. It doesn’t cost a penny to create a complete final arrangements plan.

Topics Women should know about the Funeral:

* Know where key documents are located. These include wills, trusts, bank accounts, military records, deeds, mortgages, insurance, etc.

* Do you want to be cremated, buried, entombed, etc.

* What kind of funeral does you each want?

* How much should be spent

* Where do you want to be buried or scattered if that is your choice

* Where will the money come from for whatever you are deciding to do?

* Do you have a particular Funeral Home in mind?

* Should you purchase some things in advance, such as; cemetery property, funeral services, caskets,

Women are wise consumers, and with a little bit of additional education and research, can make the funeral planning process easier, smoother, and less expensive.