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SEATTLE, Nov. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Brides planning a wedding have over seven online wedding guides to help them explore ideas and connect with local Bay Area vendors. Families planning a funeral have none -- until now. The new ( is the first-ever online funeral-planning guide for the Bay Area.

"We want to help people consider all their options and find vendors. Some people will use our guide to find a funeral home and have it take care of everything. Others, will use the funeral home only for direct cremation and use our guide to plan a memorial event at a reception site with food, music and a DVD tribute to their loved one's life," said Anna Copley, cofounder of the

There are 17 categories in the guide. Some of these categories include -- Cemeteries, Scattering by Boat, Clergy, Flowers, Dove Release, Reception Sites, and Musicians.

Categories include options such as bagpipe players (, home funeral guides ( known as death midwives) and a listing for High Sierra Gardens ( service that hikes your loved one's ashes into the mountains for scattering by hand and provides photographic evidence of the scattering.

Another unique category is Grief Support ( All vendors in this category are nonprofit organizations providing free or low-cost grief counseling.

The features an interactive map of all the funeral homes in the Bay Area and a directory of all the cemeteries. People can easily identify funeral homes, compare services and become more informed of their funeral options.

Articles include Low Cost Funeral Tips for the Bay Area, Green Funerals and Burials, and Scattering Remains in the Bay Area. The Guide includes a complete directory of the California state laws regulating funeral homes and cemeteries.

In keeping with's mission to help people plan funerals, the site offers a free online funeral-planning tool called MY FUNERAL ( MY FUNERAL covers all issues involved, from major considerations like, "Do I want to be buried or cremated?" to details such as what you want inscribed on your headstone. The MY FUNERAL tool contains seven steps, but users can skip steps or stop at any time and all their completed work will be saved. MY FUNERAL helps people consider their many options, make informed decisions, and pass these decisions on to people who will carry out their wishes.

From headstones to bagpipers the makes funeral planning easier for people in the Bay Area.

The is part of, a national funeral-planning Web site based in Seattle.

Contact at and (253) 854-7021.


     David M. Johnson/Anna Copley, Partners
     (253) 854-7021

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