Detroit Free Press: Funeral trends and tips for families

Posted on January 30, 2019 by under Cremation, Funerals, Our staff
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Mike Lope, Wm. Sullivan & Son Funeral Directors, funerals, cremation

Mike Lope, co-owner, Wm. Sullivan & Son Funeral Directors

The Detroit Free Press recently ran two stories with useful information about how to plan and manage costs connected to your funeral.

This article reports that 59 percent of families now choose cremation over burial, a trend we see here at Sullivan & Son. The articles quotes our co-owner, Michael Lope, reporting that, even when families choose cremation, they usually still want to hold a traditional funeral service.

“It’s just that the final disposition, instead of burial, is cremation,” Mike said.

Their  October 25 story offered some tips for choosing a funeral home.

  • Plan funeral arrangements in advance
    Our pre-planning specialists welcome the opportunity to help you plan your funeral. They’ve worked with many families and can offer suggestions and examples of options for burial, cremation, green burials, visitation and personalized ceremonies. Here are some other ideas.
  • Get funeral home recommendations
    We have satisfied thousands of families in our more than 100 years. Here are comments from just a few of them.
  • Check for funeral home violations
    Here’s a link to the state of Michigan website where you can check the records for funeral home.
  • Ask about funeral pricing up front
    All our prices are posted on our website.
  • Be wary of the up-sell and know your rights
    Our century of success comes from treating families fairly and striving to give them what is best for them. Our honest and fair treatment is why multiple generations of families have returned to us.

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