Funeralwise.com is an independent service company that provides a variety of free funeral planning tools and information. It is an industry leader in online funeral planning with over 30,000 funeral plans created. It was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Visitors to the Funeralwise.com site will find a full range of free information on funeral-related subjects including funeral planning, how to pay for funerals, funeral customs, funeral etiquette, and grief support.
A key feature of the Funeralwise.com website is its free online planner which is part of Funeralwise's one-of-a-kind Wise Planning System. This unique do-it-yourself approach to funeral planning allows users to control their funeral plans so final wishes are handled the way they want them to be handled.
The first step in the Wise Planning System is to create a "Quick Plan." The Quick Plan captures basic information and even offers a preliminary estimate of funeral costs. Once the Quick Plan is saved, users can go on to create a detailed funeral plan. Everything from details on the type of ceremony to specific funeral service providers can be saved. The online planner is completely free. Among the features of the Wise Planning System are:
- Detailed ceremony planning options.
- The ability to choose a Plan Guardian to take care of your wishes.
- Real‐time cost estimates for your funeral plan selections.
- A “Time Capsule” feature to store personal information for eulogies, obituaries, or estate planning.
- A search directory of funeral homes, cremation services and cemeteries.
- 24/7 access to your funeral plan.
Once of the most popular features on Funeralwise.com is the “Word to the Wise Guides” series. The guides cover a variety of topics such as funeral etiquette, cremation, and how to save money on funerals. There is not cost to subscribe to the Guides.
The Funeralwise.com website also features a Forums section where users can post questions, interact with experts, and read topical articles about funeral trends and issues.