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Funeral Planning Basics from ENODARE is a thoroughly researched and easy to read book telling each person or family what to do when someone dies. However, at the time of a death no one has time to read this very, very helpful guide. It is important that families order this book and read it together. It opens the door for this difficult talk concerning the wishes of each person for their own death plans. Funerals which are not planned in advance can cost thousands of dollars more. This book guides you to plan every different kind of burial and tells the various preparations and costs and what to expect in each circumstance. EXCELLENT!! --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Enodare is an international self-help legal publisher that was founded in 2000 by lawyers from one of the most prestigious international law firms in the World. Its aim was simple - to provide access to quality legal information and products at an affordable price. Enodare's will writing software was first published in that year and, following its adaptation to cater for the legal systems of numerous countries worldwide, quickly drew in excess of 40,000 visitors per month to its website. From this humble start, Enodare has quickly grown to become a leading international estate planning and asset protection self-help publisher with legal titles in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and Ireland. Enodare's publications provide customers with the confidence and knowledge to help them deal with everyday estate planning issues such as the preparation of a last will and testament, a living trust, a power of attorney, administering an estate and much more. By providing customers with much needed information and forms, Enodare enables them to place themselves in a position where they can protect both themselves and their families through the use of easy to read legal documents and forward planning techniques.
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Product Details

  • Series: Estate Planning
  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Enodare Limited (January 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906144338
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906144333
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.5 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,947,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Enodare is an international self-help legal publisher that was founded in 2000 by lawyers from one of the most prestigious international law firms in the World. Its aim was simple - to provide access to quality legal information and products at an affordable price.

Enodare's will writing software was first published in that year and, following its adaptation to cater for the legal systems of numerous countries worldwide, quickly drew in excess of 40,000 visitors per month to its website. From this humble start, Enodare has quickly grown to become a leading international estate planning and asset protection self-help publisher with legal titles in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and Ireland.

Enodare's publications provide customers with the confidence and knowledge to help them deal with everyday estate planning issues such as the preparation of a last will and testament, a living trust, a power of attorney, administering an estate and much more.
By providing customers with much needed information and forms, Enodare enables them to place themselves in a position where they can protect both themselves and their families through the use of easy to read legal documents and forward planning techniques.

For more information visit www.enodare.com

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sharon on March 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
Funeral Planning Basics is one of several books on funeral planning that I have read in recent months....and what a read it is! Apart from all the usual stuff you would expect in a funeral planning book (such as choosing caskets, cremation, purchasing grave sites, planning funeral services, creating memorials and so on), it also includes information on financing a funeral - something that is bizarrely omitted from all of the other books I read. It also has a wealth of information in relation to resources available to help you plan your funeral. It's really one of the best (if not the best) book I have read on the topic of funeral planning. I couldn't recommend it more.
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Whether it be an unexpected phone call in the middle of the night telling you that a friend or loved one has died or an expected death, no one should be unprepared for what comes next ... the funeral. Perhaps if you've been through this process, you'll be able to understand the pain and confusion that goes into it, to say nothing of the expense. If you want to spare your loved ones the same angst, preparing for your own funeral will help them immeasurable and give you peace of mind.

Nothing says that you need be on death's doorstep before confronting the issues involved in planning for a funeral, but if you are getting up there in years or have a family, there is no set time to begin. There's that old cliché, "better safe than sorry," but in the case of funeral planning you definitely don't want your loved ones to experience the "sorry" part when it can easily be avoided. For example, have you even informed someone whether or not you want a burial or prefer to be cremated? There is no need to let your loved ones second guess you when you can take care of the intimate details of your funeral. Only you know what you prefer.

For example, I was going over a small section of this with my spouse and was surprised at some of his answers. One of the words he was saying was "if," something that should be eliminated from any dialogue concerning this subject. In this book forms can either be copied or downloaded from the enodare website using "unlock codes" included in the book. Do you want a burial at sea? How about a military service? Speaking of services, do you want one and church?
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Let me be honest, this was not a fun book to read. It forces you to think about the subject that you rather not think about. Right in Chapter One the book stated something (now) obvious which I have not thought of before. That funeral planning is necessary because a person's will/estate lawyer are typically not contacted until after the funeral. So if you have left some preferences for the disposition of your body in your will, by the time that information is read it might be too late.

Enodare Funeral Planning Basics is a very complete reference. At the end of this review I am including a table of content as it gives a good idea of the completeness of this reference. This book is helpful in both planning your funeral as well as knowing what to do when a loved one passes away. It also can be a good way to start this difficult but important discussion with your family members.

Not only does the book goes in great deal of details on every topic with various pluses and minuses of each option, but it provides several appendixes with forms and check lists which simplify and organize what one needs to do.

It is mostly aimed at Christian traditions. It has two brief mentions of Jewish funeral traditions in regards to cremation and the specific coffin types required by Judaism. I think the only thing that could have made this book even better than it is would be if it had sections about funeral traditions of various religions. I think that might be especially helpful to blended families that came from different religions and may have no knowledge about the differences in funeral traditions.

I found this book very educational. I hope I will not need to reference it for a long time, but now I feel more prepared when a death in the family might occur.
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By C Jenkins on April 17, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book main focuses on planning funerals and its work and informative nature is exemplary in that area. It delivers to the reader a host of resources and options for consideration when planning a funeral which will certainly finish with you having saved money and a funeral plan completed.

However, I feel its strength, lies in its organizational approach more than simply funeral planning. One of the fundamental problems faced after someone's death is the trail of documentation left behind. The book also introduced the reader to the concept of estate planning and explains in detail what should be done. Everything from wills to trusts to power of attorneys is explained. This alone will ensure that someone considering funeral planning will go that step further and full arrange their affairs. This is one area that almost all books on funeral planning for some bizarre reason neglect!

While a lot of information is brought to the table and discussed in this book, fundamentally it alleviates pressure from those grieving at an already difficult time. While the process of estate planning or funeral planning can ultimately take a few weeks, it is something that should be considered by us all and there is plenty of forms and information in this book for all of us to get started today!
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