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February 13, 2021
10:00 AM
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Begins at 10:00 a.m.
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All About Funerals: Making the Most of a Stressful Time

Saturday, February 13, 2021

In our culture, thinking about death or funerals is avoided. But the passing of a loved one is a most turbulent and confusing time for those who remain. Caught up in the grief process, families frequently do things that the deceased would not have wished or spent money foolishly. There are many things that can be done to make life so much easier to family survivors. And there are many innovative alternatives to “traditional funerals” and “traditional burials.” This information-only presentation will explore important issues to help individuals and families plan ahead.

Advance Planning for Funerals Eases Burdens

Few people like to talk about death.  Or funerals.  But at some point decisions need to be made.  Decisions made in haste or under pressure are most often not the best decisions.  This is particularly true at the passing of a loved one.  Given these circumstances it’s not unusual for families to purchase services or overlook things that would not have been in line with the wishes and values of the deceased.  

“All About Funerals: Making the Most of a Stressful Time” is a helpful overview of the many practical, immediate decisions that must be made when a person dies.  The presentation also provides information and resources to help individuals consider all the details that families face at the time of death.  

The presentation will be held two times online in February:
· Feb 11 at 6:30 p.m.  Register online at
Join by phone at 253-215-8782 or 888-788-0099 – Webinar ID: 938 3022 4121
· Feb 13 at 10:00 a.m.  Register online at
Join by phone at 253-215-8782 or 888-788-0099 – Webinar ID: 951 0968 0909

“Only about one-quarter of Americans have talked with a loved one about their funeral wishes” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, Manager of Pierce County Aging & Disability Resources.  “We don’t like to think about it but death is inevitable for all of us.  Doing some advance planning lifts a huge burden from the shoulders of our families.  It’s a special gift for each person to think about final arrangements – what we want and what we do not want – including possible organ donation, funeral ceremony, final disposition, obituary and the like. 

By many estimates, there are over 100 things families need to do at the time death – many within 72 hours of one’s passing.  These include transportation of the body, choosing a funeral home, disposition of the remains, obituary, memorialization, planning a service (if any), required legal notifications (e.g. banks, insurance carriers, creditors, Social Security), wills, obtaining death certificates and the like.

“All About Funerals” will be presented by Ray Fernandez, Family Service Manager at Mountain View Funeral Home in Tacoma.  This workshop is an information-only presentation sponsored by the Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center.  This is not a sales event.  The event is free.  Advance registration is required either online or by calling the ADRC at (253) 798-4600.