Pre-planning your Funeral Service: Choosing a Funeral Home

Sooner or later, we will reach the final stages of our life and ultimately die. We may never know when it will come but for sure, it will. To some, this comes as a scary thought, but come to reflect on it, it is an inevitable phase in our mortal lives; hence, we should avoid fearing it. In fact, instead of avoiding the issue of our own deaths, it should be pre-planned and deliberated upon.

Funeral service pre-planning brings about many advantages not only for the deceased, but also for his family and close relatives. Of all these benefits, perhaps the most important is that the final wishes of the deceased will surely be granted. Pre-planning will eliminate any confusions and arguments on whether the “service style” is suitable for the departed. Other advantages of pre-planning include eliminating the burden of on-the-spot planning to your loved ones who are already grieving, and practically speaking, locking in today’s charges to avoid future cost inflations.

funeral homesOverall, weighing all the considerations and factors, pre-planned funerals are still the best options. Now, to execute this last event of your life properly, it is best to know how to spot the right memorial service for you.

Funeral Director Connection


When choosing a home that will serve your final services in this world, it is the director who will guide you in preparing for it. Because of this, it is important to choose a home with a director that you feel comfortable with. Usually, this connection is felt as early as the first meeting.

The first meeting is called arrangement conference. This is usually done in person, but good directors are open to meeting at your own house or even the phone. They should be considerate of your needs, especially your schedule. It is you who will avail of their services so it is just right that they should be the one to compromise.

The job of the director is to give you a general sense and guide you regarding the details of the service. You may have many questions in mind. In this case, do not hesitate to ask. A proper director should accommodate these questions attentively and answer them politely and accurately. Additionally, directors should have the basic qualities of serving in a funeral home – courteous, friendly, knowledgeable, and most of all compassionate. With us, you will realize that aside from our director having the basic qualities to help you get over this deed, we also have a team who can offer continuous care and affection and comfort your loved ones when you pass away.

Range of Services


Funeral homes should cater to all kinds of individuals. Because different people have different wants and needs, it is just right to choose one, which offers full range of services.For example, a good one should at least offer the basic traditional option and cremation services. Moreover, the best services should offer embalming or cosmetology only, a viewing and wake, or simply a graveside service.

Additionally, when talking about range of services, the memorial home should be sensitive to religion and culture. Different religions and cultures have different ways of sending the departed to the afterlife. In this case, if you have specific religious or cultural considerations, you should be assured that these traditions will be properly observed when the time comes. Of course, you can always opt to choose a home, which religiously or culturally tied to your beliefs, but for a broader option, look for one, which serves all kinds of individuals.

Considerable Pricing


Of course, the memorial service price will be dependent on the amenities and services you wish to avail. However, when looking for the proper memorial home, you have an assurance that the money you spent is worth it. You should be able to assess homes that are overpricing, and those that only care for the money. One indication of this kind of homes is rejecting small funerals. A caring home will not discriminate based on budget because more than profit, they care about giving the departed its deserved final showing of respect.

We accommodate everyone, no matter how big or small their budget is. We offer premium services and items for those who can afford it but we also offer cheap but nevertheless quality services and goods for those with tight budget. Bottom line is even after life, you have an assurance that every penny is worth spending on us.

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A Sneak Peek on the Origin of Military Coins

You may have in the past stumbled upon unique looking bronze or silver coins with various insignia on them and thought to yourself “What is this thing?”, “What does thing do?”, or maybe even “Why does my grandfather have collections of these?”. Those things with symbols on them are called challenge coins, and one of the most common ones that are made and distributed are called military coins.

Military coins – or sometimes referred to as memorial coins or unit challenge coins – usually have 1.5 inch to 2 inch diameters and have numerous styles and sizes that vary.

There is still debate on the real origin of the coins and a number of stories have circulated around the issue.

Some people claim that during the 40s, when the Lodge Act allowed citizens with other nationalities to join the U.S. Army, many foreigners joined the 10th Special Forces Group and that presented the unit with a problem because the applicants varied in proficiency in English. To make identification easier for the group, they produced a special coin that bears the insignia of the unit to prove they are a member.

Another story that started to circulate dates the coins back to the time of ancient Rome, when foot soldiers would be given coins (some of which are minted, to be kept as a memento rather than be used for spending) for their service to the crown.

There is also a story about Colonel William F Cody (also known for his moniker ‘Buffalo Bill’) who had coins specially made to be given to those who have served under him during the Korean conflict era.

One of the most detailed theories about the coins is that of wealthy lieutenant of a flying squadron who fought during World War I. This lieutenant had ordered coins made of solid bronze that carried the emblem of his squadron. Each member carried the coin in his person, as did the said lieutenant.

military coinsUnfortunately for him, his squadron’s aircraft was shot down by German forces leading to his arrest. He luckily escaped, and to add to his good fortune he still had his coin. The lieutenant ended up in French custody where he was thought of as a spy and about to be executed, but one of the soldiers recognized the symbol on his coin and allowed him to return to his country.

Many believe that for this reason the soldiers carry military coins with their squadron’s insignias to signify identification in case of confrontation that they are to encounter.

The coin itself has evolved along with the advancement of time coming off from simple material like brass. Today’s coin collections out in the market have countless designs and it is even possible to buy those that are custom made to fit one’s likings in texture, material, size, color, insignia, etc.

Some hi-tech made modern coins have photographic inserts for the more sentimental customers, while others even have 3D images in them! And to make it even more personalized, the clients can provide discernible text to add to their coin.

One of the most prominent people to display his collection of military coins is former US president Bill Clinton, who had several racks of challenge coin collections even seen in the background of his official portrait in the White House. The coins are currently displayed in the Clinton library in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Current US president Barrack Obama also had his share of memorial coins in 2009 when he placed the said coins on the graves of military men who were killed during the Fort Hood shooting in Texas.

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