Episode 19

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4th Apr 2022

Fun with Funerals: Costs and Bargains (Part #2)

The funeral business is a business- something important to keep in mind.  In this second episode, my friend Paulette Hamel, and I dig (pun intended) further into the funeral industry and highlight some key issues you should know, right now. 

There’s so much that we hold in until the final farewell, the wake and/or funeral, and the following celebration of life (for those who chose to do so).  Yet many of us don’t plan for those final moments. 

It’s hard enough to stand in front of a group of people to share stories about your loved ones, voice your love for them, and poignantly recall, funny, and sometimes frustrating memories.  It makes it harder if you’re worrying about not knowing what they really wanted in the end.

If funeral plans weren’t set up in advance, you might be hit with a lot of questions, and even forced to make some costly decisions.

In this next podcast, we’ll address such points as:

  • Do all funeral homes have crematoriums?
  • Will a funeral director be upset if you “shop around” for such services, compare and come back ready to bargain?
  • Are they required to divulge all their pricing up front?
  • Will you get sticker shock or surprise fees, weeks later?
  • Will they hold your loved ones’ ashes until you can pick them up for burial?
  • Will they bring those ashes to the cemetery or do you have to do that?
  • What happens when burial insurance doesn’t cover everything?
  • How much should you get?
  • What if you want to bury someone at sea?  Can you do that legally? 

There’s much more that we cover in this show, including how not to become a victim of the system when your emotions are running high! 

Stay tuned and tune in!

Additional links discussed in the show are:

Link to Death Café  https://deathcafe.com/

Death Doulas: What are they? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_midwife

Consumer Affairs, National Cremation Society of America

Guest: Paulette Hamel, Founder, DoeRayMe, Inc. Paulette is also known as The Legacy Lady is on a mission to help 1 million women organize their affairs so that their loved ones will not have to be burdened by doing so once their time to pass comes. For more information on Paulette, The Legacy Lady go to: http://www.legacycreator.io/legacycreator

Host: Nancy May, Author How to Survive 911 Medical Emergencies, Step-by-Step Before, During, After!  Expert in managing the path of step-by-step caring for an aging parent or family member, even from over 1200 miles away, or more. For a Free File-of-Life to www.howtosurvive911.com. Nancy is also the Co-Founder of CareManity LLC, and the private FaceBook group, Eldercare Success.

Disclaimer: The views, perspectives, and opinions expressed in this show are those of the show guest and not directly those of the companies they serve or that of the host or the producer CareManity, LLC. Information discussed should not be taken as medical, legal, or financial advice. Please seek the advice or you own personal medical, legal or financial advisors as each person’s situation is different. (c) Copyright 2022 CareManity, LLC all rights reserved. CareManity is a trademark of CareManity, LLC.

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Nancy May

Nancy May is a corporate leader, business advisor, author, speaker, and nationally recognized podcast host. She has spent her career working with CEOs, Boards of Directors, and senior leaders in the public and private corporate sectors. These experiences gave her the strength and foundation to step in and provide her parents with guidance and support, both as their POA and Trustee, and diehard advocate as they aged. Nancy credits her father an entrepreneur, innovator of innovative eyewear design, and her mom for encouraging and preparing her to acquire the many skills needed to start, build, and lead several successful businesses. She has transitioned these competencies and life lessons to into her new business, CareManity, LLC, which focuses on providing family caregivers structured ways to obtain practical knowledge, resources, and access much-needed support.