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When it comes to making final care arrangements on behalf of a deceased loved one, just as with life insurance, planning and obtaining ahead of time is key. Your first step will be to speak with a funeral director to discuss the features and benefits of various burial services.

However, for many, a family member may have already chosen and purchased one or more burial plots or mausoleum crypts either at a local cemetery, or a cemetery where other passed family members are laid to rest. If this is the case, you will need to obtain the cemetery deed or other documentation necessary to prove ownership of burial rights. You will want to bring these documents to the meeting with the funeral director.

But if there is no such pre-plan in place? Then do your research on local cemeteries or crematoriums in your area. Today there is more access to information than ever before with the use of the internet in researching and selecting what is best for you and your loved ones.

A traditional funeral service typically consists of 4 parts: Visitation, Funeral Service, Committal Service, and Funeral Reception. Providing a funeral service offers an opportunity for friends and family of the deceased to come together and celebrate the life and accomplishments of the deceased. Plus, it offers everyone the chance to support one another through this difficult grieving process as they say goodbye to the deceased one last time.

Chandlers Funeral Home: (941) 747-6555 or (941) 355-3125

916 13th Avenue West, Bradenton, Florida or 1425 Dr MLK, Sarasota, Florida

Jones Funeral Home: (941) 355-2535; 4005 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida

Toale & Sons Funeral Home: (941) 371-4962; 170 Honore Avenue, Sarasota, Florida

Skyway Memorial: (941) 803-7626; 5200 US Hwy 19 North, Palmetto, Florida

Westside Funeral Home: (941) 722-4960, 204 7th Street West, Palmetto, Florida

Strong-Jones Funeral Home: (850) 224-2139; 818 W. Brevard Street, Tallahassee, Florida

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