Planning Your Groundbreaking

West End Library

Planning Your Groundbreaking

A Panel Discussion on Funeral and Burial Choices

Image of old tree showing roots in a cemeteryPlease join us for a panel discussion titled "Planning Your Groundbreaking: Funeral and Burial Choices," to be held Wednesday, June 26, at 7 p.m. in the large meeting room on the second floor.

Three local experts -- Brian E. Ditzler, Vice President, Funeral Consumers Alliance; Ed Leonard, Manager, Cool Spring Natural Cemetery; and Carlos A. Suarez-Quian Ph.D., Department of Biochemistry and Molecular & Cellular Biology, Georgetown University Medical Center -- will address such questions as:
  • How can you plan your funeral to make it easy on those you love and leave behind?
  • What choices are there?
  • Where will you be buried?
  • How do you order a grave marker and what will it say?
  • Is cremation an option?
  • What is a "green" funeral?
  • Should you purchase funeral insurance?
  • How do you go about donating your body to science?
The answers can help anyone become more comfortable with planning for death and burial.  Sooner or later, everyone dies.

As a related program to be held in July, the branch will feature a "Bucket List" writing event where you can make a list of things you would like to do -- things to learn, places to go, people to visit, and experiences to have before you die -- plus a special screening of the film Bucket List (rated PG, starring Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman, and Sean P. Hayes and directed by Rob Reiner) to be held Wednesday, July 24, at 6:30 p.m.  Please mark your calendars and stay tuned for details!

Check out materials on these and related topics at the branch and also sign up for the summer reading program to have fun, learn more, and win prizes. It's all happening at your library!