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Croton Funeral Home Offering Free Planning Seminars

November 1, 2009

The staff at Edward F. Carter Funeral Home are happy to announce a new series of free, public educational seminars. “Planning Ahead For All The Right Reasons” introduces people to the funeral planning process and informs them about what needs to be done to “get your house in order.”

“We strongly believe that no one should walk through the doors of a funeral home, on what could be the worst day of their lives, without at least some basic information and preparation” said Mike Lepore, Manager of the Carter Funeral Homes in Montrose and Croton-on-Hudson.. “We feel it is our obligation to make this kind of information available to the public, whether they choose to use our services or not.”

“We want people to make wise decisions, not emotional ones,” added Family Service Counselor and Funeral Director Michelle Carter. “People will leave armed with information they need to make smart choices and save money.”

The program is less than an hour long, and includes a question and answer period as well as light refreshments. A complimentary copy of our Personal Planning Guide will also be available. Each month will feature a new topic of interest, although questions on any topic can be asked at any time.

“Many people think end-of-life and estate planning are private matters, and so are reluctant to broach the subject with family or friends,” Attorney Kathleen Riedy said. “The fact is, when a person dies, it affects everyone they know. Questions like, ‘Who do I call? What do I need to do? How much will it cost?’ will all have to be answered in a short amount of time.”

The seminars will be held the 3rd Wednesday of every month and begin at 4 pm at the Edward F. Carter Funeral Home, 41 Grand Street in Croton-on-Hudson. All seminars will be presented by licensed funeral directors along with local attorney and estate expert Kaltheen Riedy. Because of space considerations, advance registration is requested.

Upcoming topics include:

“There are few things in life that aren’t made better and easier by planning for them in advance,” Michelle Carter said. “We hope our free seminars will at the very least start a dialogue within families about preparing for the future.”

For more information or to register, please call 914-271-4882.


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