Funeral options to be explored at program

By: Terry Oparka | C&G Newspapers | Published September 10, 2019

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TROY — Funerals are something most of us will have a part in planning but often do not discuss ahead of time.

In an effort to prepare people to make critical decisions on practical matters regarding funerals, licensed funeral director Bernard Lovend, the author of “The Consumer’s Window to the American Funeral,” will present “Ask a Funeral Director: A Consumer’s Guide to Funeral Planning” 7-8:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Troy Public Library.

“We realized that funerals are something that everyone goes through,” said adult services librarian Dominic Scappapicci. “We thought this would be a way to make it less stressful for loved ones and to clear up questions.”

Lovend, a licensed funeral director since 1961, will discuss pre-planned funerals, comparison shopping, private burials and cremation.

Lovend said he will provide an outline of a typical, traditional service and ways to save money.

He explained that an alternative to buying a prepaid funeral plan at a funeral home is to set up a bank account for funeral purposes, “which you would have more control over.”

Lovend said the book started as a brochure that expanded to a 351-page book. He noted that it’s available in many local libraries.

According to elibrary.mel.org, Michigan’s electronic library database, it is available at the Baldwin, Bloomfield Township, Canton, Farmington, Rochester Hills, Clinton-Macomb and Troy public libraries.

On his website, bestfuneralguide.com, Lovend says the book “is an all-inclusive look at funeral affairs. It’s a road map designed to create consumer wisdom within those matters.”

“It’s really a public service,” he said of the book and the program. “There’s so very much not typically known.”

Register for the Troy Public Library program at troypl.org or by calling (248) 524-3534.

The library is located at 510 W. Big Beaver Road.

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