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PLANNING AN UNVEILING

The unveiling is the formal dedication of the headstone. Religiously, an unveiling can take place anytime 30 days after the funeral, which is also referred to as the “Shloshim.”  Traditionally, many people wait 11 months to one year past the funeral as it marks the end of the formal mourning period.  It usually takes about […]

LIFE INSURANCE – A GREAT WAY TO PAY FOR FINAL EXPENSES

People obtain life insurance for many different reasons.  A policy can act as a financial investment vehicle, a way to pay off estate taxes, and even a way to borrow money.  While these reasons are all valid, the created purpose of insurance in general is to prepare a strategy in case of emergency, whatever each […]

JEWISH-FUNERALS.ORG – AN EXCELLENT RESOURCE

Being a part of the Baltimore/Washington Jewish Community has enabled me to come across the Jewish Funeral Practices Committee of Greater Washington.  The committee is made up of experienced individuals, who are actively involved with Jewish congregations, social service agencies, and chevra kadishas, to name a few.  This organization spends a tremendous amount of effort […]

JEWISH MONUMENT COMPANY CONTRACTS WITH JEWISH FUNERAL PRACTICES COMMITTEE OF GREATER WASHINGTON TO PROVIDE SIGNIFICANTLY DISCOUNTED BRONZE MARKERS TO MARYLAND, DC, AND VIRGINIA COMMUNITIES

The Jewish Funeral Practices Committee of Greater Washington has contracted with Fram Monument Company of Rockville, MD to provide significantly discounted bronze markers to participating Jewish congregations and their members.  The contact can be viewed here: http://www.jewish-funerals.org/Fram.htm Fram Monument Company is not the first company to contract with the JFPCGW to provide quality memorial services […]

ADVANCED FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Cemetery, funeral, and monument arrangements can be done in advance, and I highly recommend doing just that.  It may be uncomfortable to deal with these things for yourself or relatives while still alive, but it will definitely make things easier for you if you take care of them under calm circumstances.  Families have enough to […]

BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO BUYING JEWISH MEMORIAL MONUMENTS

While the process of purchasing a monument for a loved one is not as difficult as planning a funeral, it is by no means easy.  To begin with, monuments are usually purchased anywhere between 1-12 months after a death has occurred.  At this time, most families are still grieving.  Aside from that, most don’t even […]

BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO CHOOSING A JEWISH FUNERAL HOME

Funeral arrangements are generally the toughest part of the final arrangement process to handle, as the majority of people take care of them within 24 hours of the time of death.  It is important to select a funeral home that is in close proximity to the cemetery in which you own plots.  That funeral home […]

BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO BUYING JEWISH CEMETERY PLOTS

When purchasing plots, it is not mandatory to immediately buy from the cemetery.  Often times individuals own plots that they are looking to sell for various reasons, and it may be most cost effective to purchase directly from them.  Usually the local Jewish newspapers in Maryland, DC, and Virginia will have advertisements in the classified […]

BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO FINDING A JEWISH CEMETERY

ACCORDANCE WITH YOUR PERSONAL BELIEF SYSTEM. The first step of course is to find a cemetery that is reasonably close to where you live so that you can visit easily.  Once you have found a few within close proximity, look to see which land is most affordable, and which one is aesthetically pleasing as a […]