by Jenny Leigh Hodgins
In the video above on CREATIVE MEMORIAL PLANNING FOR PROGRESSIVE, NATURE-LOVING ADULTS & CAREGIVERS, I shared 3 Big Ways You Can Save $$$ On your Creative Memorial Plan!
I am the founder of the CREATIVE MEMORIAL PLANNING FOR PROGRESSIVE, NATURE-LOVING ADULTS & CAREGIVERS Facebook Group! I launched this group just after the pandemic started that made planning for the crucial moment even more relevant.
Here’s Why I Offer Creative Memorial Planning using Alternatives To Traditional Funerals:
I experienced multiple personal tragedies where there was no end-of-life plan in place. I helped my family and friends plan and facilitate creative memorials when their grief rendered them unable to function.
With my longtime friend Tina, together we volunteered to prepare and facilitate 9 memorials in similar scenarios. I also composed or performed music, recited original poetry, gave eulogies, prepared printed programs, setup tech, and served as a celebrant for these Celebrations of Life.
When my dear friend Tina died suddenly of a heart attack in February 2019, she had no plan in place. I took all the meticulous and compassionate training I had with her to prepare and facilitate my dear late friend’s memorial as well.
What I learned and why it matters to you
Based on my experiences, I’ve learned what is essential, better for the planet and the pocketbook, and how to make an end-of-life plan more personally meaningful and comforting for surviving loved ones. This last element is most often missing from traditional funerals.
Remember I mentioned how I love finding beauty and creating meaning from ordinary moments? Well, my experiences with loss have been far from ordinary.
But this is why I launched the Creative Memorial Planning For Progressive Nature-Loving Adults & Caregivers Facebook group and my Creative Memorial Planning webinar. I have helped many others prepare their creative memorial plans using gentler, greener, cost-reducing alternatives to traditional EOL plans.
? Kudos to YOU for exploring creative memorial planning as it is a delicate niche of GREAT CRITICAL value—one that takes courage & compassion to address! Shout out to all CREATIVE MEMORIAL PLANNING subscribers! If you aren't a member of my Creative Memorial Planning For Progressive, Nature-Loving Adults & Caregivers Facebook Group yet, you can join here.
Remember that the more actively you engage in the Facebook group posts, share your thoughts and experiences, ask questions, and engage with me in my weekly videos, the more value you will gain!
Today I shared 3 Big Ways You Can Save $$$ On Your Creative Memorial Plan:
1. Use Alternatives to Traditional Burials. ?? Avoid involving the traditional corporate funeral staff and their facility. Skip the visitation that involves both facility and staff. Opt-out of that costly casket and body cosmetics. Skip the traditional casket-for-burial purchases, limousine, graveside burial service, flowers, etc. Minimize or do not even use your local corporate funeral place.
2. Do A Cost Comparison. Avoid the local corporate funeral (you will know who there are as they market with big bucks). Do a local online search instead. Look for smaller companies that offer fewer customer service extras or carry less complex options. In essence, do a cost comparison for price.
3. Choose Direct Cremation. There are several alternatives for handling remains that are greener than traditional options. But if reducing cost is your primary concern, opt for direct cremation. Be sure to specify DIRECT. That cuts out all those extra facility extras like staff, facilities, body cosmetics for a visitation service, and the casket expenses.
A direct cremation can be made simpler by only opting for the cremation service itself. Do not purchase urns or jewelry from the traditional corporate funeral. There are less costly alternatives if you want an urn or jewelry. There are more beautiful alternatives for incorporating nature and a more meaningful Celebration of Life than the traditional funeral.
Note: Direct cremation is NOT the most planet-friendly option. More earth-friendly options are watermation and natural burial. See the GUIDES and Announcements sections in Creative Memorial Planning For Progressive Nature-Loving Adults & Caregivers Facebook group for more detail on those options.
But direct cremation is a bit better than aggressively destroying land through casket and vault burials with toxic materials in a cemetery smothered in pesticides.
? CREATIVE MEMORIAL PLANNING FOR PROGRESSIVE, NATURE-LOVING ADULTS & CAREGIVERS Facebook Group is growing! Please help us grow by inviting those who may benefit from this critical info! Invite any progressive nature lovers, those with family to consider, or caregivers!
Are you ready right now to get your End-of-Life plans mapped out using alternatives to the traditional customs? Learn more about Creative Memorial Planning options with my Creative Memorial Planning Webinar here!
The webinar will help you learn about your concerns, questions, or goals.
by Jenny Leigh Hodgins
The power of life experience is inspiring! Focusing that experience toward creating a life of compassion and creative energy is my jam.
The whole point of YourCreativeChord is nurturing creativity and inspiration within your daily life!
I love living a vibrantly creative life and encouraging others to tap creative energy. Part of that process is courageously addressing your biggest challenges. Getting the tough stuff behind you allows you to transform your life condition!
So I am sincerely honored to be the host of the Creative Memorial Planning For Progressive, Nature-Loving Adults & Caregivers Facebook Group!
Mapping out your creative memorial plan is life-changing! You have an incredible opportunity to gain new levels of empowerment and a new lease on life by getting this crucial task behind you.
You can join Creative Memorial Planning For Progressive, Nature-Loving Adults & Caregivers Facebook Group here, but as a quick overview:
The Creative Memorial Planning For Progressive, Nature-Loving Adults & Caregivers Facebook Group is a private community where you can explore gentler❣️, greener🌎, cost-reducing 💰 *alternatives* to traditional end-of-life plans with less or zero corporate or religious involvement.
Catch my Saturday weekly LIVES! I offer tips on how you can save costs, protect the planet, and pre-plan your personally meaningful, loving legacy—so your surviving loved ones won’t have to. 💔👉♥️
GUIDES = FREE Access to my creative memorial planning overview, workbook, and tons of valuable content with tips and ideas to get you started!
ANNOUNCEMENTS = FREE Access to my presentation replays with searchable topics to help you find exactly what you need.
WEEKLY TIPS = Join me inside the group to ask any questions and get my tips about alternatives to traditional funeral plans and how to map out your creative memorial plan.
I have experienced multiple tragedies where there was no plan in place. I set my personal grief aside when others could not function. I was in the position of preparing or facilitating many memorials. I learned what is essential, pocketbook-and-planet-friendly, and personally meaningful for surviving loved ones.
It is my sincere desire to share what I know about alternatives to the traditional funeral customs so you can lessen further suffering and cost.
Due to my experiences, I learned that having no plan and using traditional funeral customs create an unnecessarily higher expense, damages the planet, and leaves a void of personal meaning.
I’m on a mission to make death talk natural and help people get end-of-life pre-plans done in a more loving, gentler-to-the-planet-and-for-surviving-loved-ones way than old corporate, traditional, and heavily religious customs.
As your creative memorial planning coach—I help you save costs, protect nature, comfort surviving loved ones, and leave your loving legacy by mapping out your creative memorial plan.
👉Ready to move forward now? Get my Creative Memorial Planning Webinar with me to learn how to map out your personalized, meaningful, creative memorial plan❣️:
Start your end-of-life planning conversation. Remember, addressing the topic of death--especially by mapping out your creative memorial plan--is a powerful catalyst for robust living.
Head over to the Facebook Group now to learn more and get your creative memorial plans behind you asap!
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