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Death is a part of life; it’s just the final chapter

By Liz Johnson, Staff Writer

Death: It’s the subject no one likes to discuss. It’s an uncomfortable topic and involves making many difficult decisions. Yet death is an inevitable part of life, and something we all will have to deal with eventually.

If you’ve reached the age of 50, then it’s likely you’ve endured the death of a family member, friend, co-worker or acquaintance.

Most people, however, have not had to plan a funeral, which can be a complicated process. But there are ways to help ease the decision-making process and pave the way for a fine tribute to your loved one.

Choosing a funeral home

“In a small town, people pretty much know who they’ll call before a death happens,” said Michael Graff, former owner of Thurman Funeral Home in Richmond. “In the city, people will often choose a neighborhood funeral home if they don’t have one they’ve used before.”

Graff suggests that if a family has not worked with a funeral home previously, that they call a potential funeral home and make an appointment to sit down with the funeral director. The director can show a prospective client the general price list, and by law, must give you a copy of the list.

“Get a feel for the funeral director,” Graff advised.

The complete story is in the Friday, March 23, 2018 Richmond News.

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