Planning a Funeral/ Dealing With Loss


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This is an invaluable site, answering probably every question you have about funerals and funeral services - including questions about finances.

Here is a funeral home finder. You can look by county or city to see what's in your area. It's also helpful to ask friends who have recently lost a loved one to tell you about the care they received - either good or not so good. 

Here are Funeral Directors' Associations sites for several states: Conneticut, New Jersey, and New York

You might not like the analogy, but it's a helpful one. Planning a funeral is like buying a new car - and this is important to remember. Mainly, you need to remember two things:

  1. You need to be an informed consumer. (The sites above will prepare you.)
  2. You need to shop around and compare prices.

There can be quite a difference - both in quality and in price. These two basic practices can save you thousands of dollars.

Resources for Those Who Grieve

  • Where is God When It Hurts? - Philip Yancey  
  • Facing the Death of Someone You Love - Elisabeth Elliot
  • A Grace Disguised: How the Soul Grows through Loss - Gerald Sittzer
  • Lament for a Son – Nicholas Wolterstoff
  • How To Go On Living When Someone You Love Dies - Therese A. Rando
  • Conquering the Mysteries and Lies of Grief - by Sherry Russell
  • On Death and Dying - Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
  • Gone but Not Lost: Grieving the Death of a Child - David Wiersbe
  • Water Bugs & Dragonflies: Explaining Death to Young Children - Gloria Ortiz
  • Not By Accident: What I Learned from My Son's Untimely Death -  Isabel Fleece

Pastor Bill serves families in the Greater New York area including Long Island (Nassau County and Suffolk County), Queens, Brooklyn, New York City (Manhattan), and Westchester County. If you’re thinking of using a Judge for your wedding, or a Justice of the Peace – or if you’re thinking of going to city hall for your wedding – or perhaps you’re working on a last minute wedding plan – in any case, Pastor Bill would love to speak with you. Pastor Bill is also available for families that have suffered the loss of a loved one and are planning a funeral.


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