end of life planning

End of Life Planning, Loss & Grief

By Jake Riley, SR Senior Editor

It is estimated that over 70% of people in the United States choose to have some type of funeral or memorial service to mark the death of a loved one.

Funeral or memorial service - honoring the life

For many, the funeral or memorial service is an important part of the grieving process. It is a time to come together with family and friends to remember the life of the person who has died and to support one another.

A funeral or memorial service can also be a way to celebrate the life of the person who has died. It can be a time to share memories, to laugh and to cry. It can be a time to reflect on the life that was lived and to think about the legacy that was left behind.

For many, the funeral or memorial service is also a time to say goodbye. It can be a chance to say the things that you didn’t get to say while the person was alive. It can be a time to express your love, your gratitude, your sorrow, and your hope.

The modern funeral and memorial planning process has evolved to meet the needs of today’s families. There are now many options available to customize a service that is meaningful and personal. Whether you choose a traditional funeral service or a more unique memorial experience. Here are two great services we would recommend:


Myfarewelling is a women-led design company that is transforming the end-of-life industry. They believe that living fully and celebrating a beautiful life, beautifully, go hand in hand.

And we’re building the resources and tools to help. One of our most popular resources is our Pre-planning/Farewelling Checklists. A comprehensive funeral checklist to streamline your planning.

Take a look at their suite of funeral and memorial products & services that meet families where they are in their process

Their memorial websites are beautifully designed and allow for families to easily share photos and stories as well as communicate any event details. Plus a one-of-kind digital funeral planning Toolkit assistant to provide expert guidance, customizable tools, and hundreds of personalized readings, playlists, and products.


Cake is the destination for all things end-of-life planning and death, including free tools, documents, and a library of thousands of educational articles.

Cake users can sign up for an account and get guidance on health, legal, financial, legacy, digital, and funeral planning to help them fill out their Cake profile with their end-of-life wishes.

Once users fill out their profile, they can share it with someone they trust, so when the user dies or is seriously ill, someone has access to their wishes all in one place.

Users also get access to a free, interactive post-loss checklist to help them navigate the loss of a loved one, complete with guidance on complicated tasks.

Cake also offers free, customizable online memorial pages so you can share information about a loved one's life and funeral arrangements, as well as share memories, offer condolences, or send flowers.