Emergency Medical Info for First Responders


Who should emergency helpers and professionals contact to get you the help you need as fast as possible?

Here are some valuable tips provided to us from our friend Dave Savage.

Most people carry virtually no contact information that emergency helpers need.

Keep one:
♦ in your wallet
♦ in your vehicle
♦ in the hands of family and friends who are on the emergency support team list

Make one for family members who travel with you.  (i.e., You are on your way to pick up your kids or grandchildren when you have an accident. Who should be notified right away?)

• Add the categories of helpers that you have: family attorney, care givers,etc.

• Include where you have end of life documents stored and who may have duplicate copies.

• You need both printed and electronic information in as many forms and places as possible.

Given to you by The Funeral Consumers Alliance of Georgia and The Memorial Society of Georgia.
FCAGA.org and MemorialSocietyofGeorgia.org
Both help you and your family make informed decisions.

This information is also in the GoodStuff section of the DaveSavage.com website, to cut and paste as a starting point for your family’s EMERGENCY SUPPORT NOTIFICATIONS.

Cost of Funeral and Cremation

The average cost of a funeral in the US is roughly $9,000 to $10,000, although the number varies considerably depending on the type of funeral. The average cost has risen considerably from just a decade ago when it was around $6,000. The cost of the average funeral includes, but is not limited to the following;

– Service – Coffin – Transportation – Plot – Flowers – Headstone – Vault Protection

The service can be conducted in a chapel which is usually rented even when at the funeral home or graveside. There are different types of coffins that are designed to resist the intrusion of underground insects and animals as well as being made from different materials. Vault protection is additional protection around the coffin that is designed to keep out the water, insects, and other intrusions. The headstone does not have to be ordered immediately, but is generally part of the funeral costs and usually ranges from $1,000 to $2,000.

The actual plot is usually the least expensive depending on the cemetery with some going for as little as $100 to $200. Other costs such as flowers, printing of the programs, and a priest or preacher leading the service are optional and may add a few hundred dollars to the overall cost of the funeral.
There are a number of ways to save money when it comes to funeral expenses. One is to skip the service at the chapel and have it at the grave. This will save on rental fees and reduce the costs noticeably. You can also cut out the flowers and have the funeral director or someone lead the service for free. It is true that the main cost of the funeral which includes the coffin or casket is something that cannot be avoided, although you can choose the least expensive model.

However, the most obvious and often used is a cremation service. A cremation costs a fraction of the money compared to a funeral with many funeral homes offering the service for a few hundred dollars. However, a cremation is exactly that, the disposal of the body without any plot, burial, headstone, service, flowers or anything else which includes the urn. You can find urns at local retail stores for around $50.