Why Funerals are So Important

When families plan final services at a Fort Worth, TX funeral home, they want to give their loved ones an honorable final send-off. But there are also benefits to be had for those who attend funeral services. These benefits include, but are not limited to, the following:

Gain Closure

It can be difficult for some people to accept that a loved one has passed away. In fact, some of your family members and perhaps some people who had known the deceased might have a hard time accepting that they are no longer to be counted among the living. But if you have an open casket at the front of the chapel or church so that attendees can see the deceased, people who are struggling to accept reality will see that the deceased really has passed. So a funeral service can help people to gain the closure that is needed if they are to move forward.

Tradition is Good

There are some family traditions that are worth keeping – and one of them is holding funeral services in honor of relatives who have died. Family members will often come together to honor their dead. It can be therapeutic to gather with people who have chosen to come together to honor someone who had meant so much to all of you. It can also be a good time for everyone there to give support and to receive support in an environment where everyone is on the same page. Honoring this tradition is also useful for children who may not fully understand what is going on. They will come to see that it is okay to mourn a loss and that families stick together.

funeral home and cremations richland hills tx 201x300Heal Through Mourning

While it’s okay to mourn privately, it’s also healthy to mourn in a group setting. When you hold a funeral service, you will be able to facilitate the healing process for all in attendance. The focus will primarily be on remembering deceased, of course, but the event will also be for the living. A funeral will provide a forum where people can express their grief and encourage one another. It can lead to healing and give people a mandate to move forward and live life to the fullest. So by not holding a funeral service, you would be denying people something quite beneficial. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t consider cremation services. Families that plan cremation services often follow them up with a memorial service or a celebration of life service. This can provide many of the same benefits as does a funeral service.

When you must plan a funeral or a cremation, you need the help of a reputable funeral home serving Fort Worth, TX families. Once you find the right funeral home, you will get all the help you could ever need from the funeral director and from other staff members at the company. They will explain your options, answer your questions, make recommendations, and ensure that you have all the information you need to make intelligent decisions.

Haskell Ed Standifer

Mr. Haskell Ed Standifer died at Heartland Health Care Center on April 5, 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas at the age of 80.
Ed is survived by his wife Donna, daughter Christie and husband John Morgan, siblings, Nancy, Mary, Joe, Clinton and Doyle, grandchildren, Brittney, Haley, Riley , Reece, and Marlie, and great granddaughter, Grayson Hernandez.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Ola and Nettie Standifer, and siblings, Jimmy, Jerry, Earl Standifer and Norma Todd.
Ed was born on the 31st of October 1936 in Revenna, Texas to Ola and Nettie Standifer. After graduating high school Ed joined the Marine Corps. in 1958. He served for six years before being honorably discharged.
After moving to Fort Worth, Ed began working for Bell Helicopter where he had over a 25 year career. He married Donna on October 31, 1984. Over their 33 years of marriage, the couple raised a family who will always remember Ed as a caring and outgoing father and pawpaw. He encouraged them all to pursue their goals and never take no for an answer.
A Memorial Service will be held at Lighthouse Fellowship Church at 2:00pm Monday, April 10, 2017
7200 Robertson Rd, Fort Worth, TX 76135
All are welcome to attend and celebrate his life. Condolences can be sent to 5821 Blue Ribbon Rd. Fort Worth, TX 76179. The family would like to thank the caregivers at Heartland health center for their dedication and caring efforts.


Stephen J. Mitchell, 30, of Arlington, Texas, passed away on Monday, March 6, 2017.

He was born on June 3, 1986 at Arlington Memorial Hospital.

He is survived by his father, Stafford J. Mitchell, parents, Michael W. and Christine L. Pulley, grandparents LaVerne L. Williams and Arnold L. Evensen,

brothers Michael Lee, Damion Michael and Candace Leah Pulley

Stephen married Jessica Margaret Hill daughter of Timothy and Henrietta Hill on December 1, 2011.

A private memorial service will be held in July 2018 at Yosemite National Park. Stephen’s ashes will be spread throughout the park where he shared many great memories with his family and best buddy, Grandpa, Benjamin E. Williams.

Top 10 Reasons Why Funeral Preplanning Makes Sense

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Pre-Plan Your Funeral FAQs

What is pre planning funeral?

Funeral pre-planning can ease the financial load on surviving relatives while also protecting your family from having to make difficult decisions during an emotional moment.

Why pre plan your funeral?

This same satisfaction that comes from knowing that your ideas have been communicated and that all of the details have been taken care of. The peace of mind that comes with knowing that your families will not have to make funeral arrangements during their tough time of bereavement.

Why everyone should plan their own funeral?

You and your family can have peace of mind by planning your own funeral or memorial service. In addition, by allowing your family know how you want your funeral or memorial ceremony to go, they’ll have fewer difficult and hard decisions to make during an already tough emotional period.

Is it weird to plan your own funeral?

You and your family can get peace of mind by planning your own funeral or memorial service. In addition, by informing your family know how you want your funeral or memorial ceremony to be, they’ll have fewer difficult and hard choices to make during an already tough emotional period.

Dive deeper into the importance of preplanning

Prepare for the Unexpected Most of us plan for the possible, the potential misfortunes of life that seldom actually happen. Why not gain some peace of mind by making a strategic plan for the inevitable? The practice of prearranging or final arrangement planning is becoming increasingly popular. Last year alone, more than one million people planned and funded their funeral plans ahead of time. As a step in organizing your affairs, it can be just as critical as drafting a will.

There are many reasons to preplan and prefund your funeral…. Here are the top ones:

1. Peace of Mind – By making your final arrangement planning in advance, it will remove the emotional and financial burden so family members won’t have to wonder, “Did we do the right thing?” Wouldn’t it be nice to know this is taken care of today, before the need arises, and with the support of those you love?

2. Financial Security – Often individuals provide for final expenses using their saving or by relying on friends and relatives for financial assistance. Prefunding eliminates the stress associated with your funeral payment – Do you really want to leave your loved ones with an unexpected financial burden? Planning in advance and outlining your funeral plans allows you and your family to know exactly what the costs will be.

3. Payment Options – Different plans allow you to decide what is right for your budget as you are aware of your final expenses. You can set aside funds in periodic payments or chose to pay all at once. Most people choose to fund through either an insurance plan or trust, each providing different advantages.

4. Personalized Celebration – Personalizing based on how you would like your life celebrated and how you want to be remembered. Have you always loved tulips, but you always receive roses from your family?

5. Organize Important Data – Are you the organizer in your family? …… Do you have a single place to keep all that really important information? Not just funeral and cemetery information but family and friends, medical information, financial information, insurance policies and of course your wishes, thoughts and your personal service plans—e.g. burial or cremation.

6. Family Harmony – Having a strategic plan in place will eliminate the need for your family to determine who is responsible for, or capable of, paying for your services – saving them from potential disagreements. Planning ahead or advanced planning can also save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars.

7. Exemption of Assets – Insured prearrangement funds set aside to pay for funeral costs can be set up to be exempt from consideration of assets in the event you need to qualify for public assistance. With the vast majority of medical expenses being incurred in the last 5 years of life, having a funded plan in place will allow you to protect your net assets.

8. It’s Transferable – Don’t know for sure you are going to be living where you are living now forever? If you should move, your insurance coverage is transferable, allowing you to move the coverage as need during your lifetime and keep your coverage.

9. Simple Underwriting – No medical exams are required. Everyone qualifies. And, based on your answers to a few simple health questions, you could receive first-day coverage of the entire face amount.

10. No Income Tax Liability on Policy Growth!

It’s up to you—- Are any of these reasons strong enough to convince you to learn more? We’ve guided many families through the funeral planning process and we’ve seen the uncertainty and stress that can occur when the planning is left to your family at the time of death. You can make the process easier by addressing it in advance. Planning ahead is simple and is the right thing to do to help ease the way for your loved ones.

Now it’s your turn — Take a step today to learn more about this important part of end of life planning by speaking with our pre-planning specialist, Jessica Ellis. We have the experience and tools to allow you to make the choices you want and meet your budget. Request a pre-planning consultation with Alpine Funeral Home Or call to schedule an appointment at (817) 834-4116.

(Also visit www.prepaidfunerals.tex.gov – for more information about pre-funeral insurance policies provided by the state of Texas)