Educating our community about funeral planning

Funeral Directors sometimes get a bad rap. Ignoring the significant role they play in the lives of families, some accuse funeral directors of exploiting families based on the family’s lack of knowledge, or emotional state. With a desire to educate people in our community about funeral planning and related matters, Francis offers a great deal of free advice and wisdom.

“The family is always in control. The police are not, the funeral home is not, the justice of the peace is not-the family is in control, you (the family) tell them what you want and don’t let anybody talk you out of what you want because you are in control. It’s that simple. “ Don’t let anybody out, that you don’t want involved, direct your traffic with your loved one.” Francis says families should call the funeral home of their choice when a family member dies.

If families want to feel confident and comfortable about the decision that must be made when burying a loved one, they should learn more about the process and the costs involved before they have to do it. It makes matters easier on the family and perhaps even on the pocket book. “We educate all the time, especially with churches. We try to get our ministers, who have a captive audience, to encourage members of their church to prepare to die,” says Francis. It’s a though message to receive, but it makes good sense. “Perhaps to die, it’s the only way you’re getting out of here,” says Francis.

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Other Helpful resources

Government Resources

The Department of Veterans' Affairs provides information on memorial benefits, health services, life insurance programs and more.

The Social Security Administration allows survivors to report the death of the loved. The site also provides information on potential benefits that can be claimed by the survivors.

The National Cemetery Administration (NCA) honors Veterans with a final resting place and lasting memorials that commemorate their service to our nation.

Texas Prepaid Funeral Contracts

"Any sales literature or website that offers or promotes the sale of prepaid funeral benefits contracts to the publick must include a reference to the "Texas Prepaid Funeral Contracts" website or a link to
as required under Section 154.132 of the Texas Finance Code,"

Local Florists

Country Florist & Gifts
839 ENE Loop 323
Tyler,Texas 75708

Office Number: (903) 597-7204
Fax Number: (903) 597-8753

Grief Resources

Center for Loss and Life Transition Website
A private organization dedicated to furthering our understanding of and compassion for the complex set of emotions we call grief. Dedicated to helping both the bereaved, by walking with them in their unique life journeys, and bereavement caregivers, by serving as their educational liaison and professional forum.

Crisis, Grief and Healing Website
A place where men and women can discuss, chat or browse to understand the many different paths to heal strong emotions. Resources on the site include excerpts from author Tom Golden's books on healing from loss.

GriefNet Website
GriefNet is an Internet community of persons dealing with grief, death, and major loss. They have many email support groups. Their integrated approach to online grief support provides help to people working through loss and grief issues of all kinds.

Willowgreen Website
A leading provider of information and inspiration in the areas of illness and dying, loss and grief, healthy caregiving, life transition, and spirituality.

Grief and Loss Website
Grief support information and resources from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).

Growth House Website
An international gateway to resources for life-threatening illness and end of life issues. Hypertext topic pages link to sites around the world. Links to hospice and home care, bereavement, death with dignity, AIDS, and related topics in life-threatening illness.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization Website
Committed to improving end of life care and expanding access to hospice care with the goal of profoundly enhancing quality of life for people dying in America and their loved ones.