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Using AI in Funeral Planning May 21, 2024

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When AI in the form of ChatGPT first made headlines in 2023, reactions ranged from “Ho hum” to fears of robotic takeovers. The reality, at least so far, is somewhere in between. Furthermore, were you aware that AI-style technology has been accessible for years? If you use Siri, Google, spellcheck, Grammarly, or even search for YouTube videos, you are using a form of AI.

The funeral industry is so personal, so one-to-one, it seems that AI’s impact may be minimal. It can, however, be used in funeral planning. Here are some examples.


ChatGPT can be a useful tool in laying the foundation for final services and memorials. You can start with simple prompts and add specifics and details as you work through your plans. You can ask ChatGPT about trends, estimated average costs, and more.

Obituary and Eulogy Assistance

If you are charged with the creation of an obituary or have been asked to deliver a eulogy, AI can be a source of ideas and outlines. While ChatGPT can be of great help, there are several factors you should be aware of.

Information may be years old and not updated. Also, AI is not foolproof and can include inaccuracies. Double-checking any data collected by AI for an obituary is still critical.

Memorial Video Outline and Content

With video tributes becoming so commonplace in memorial and final services, AI can produce an outline to build upon. Not only can it provide ideas, but it can actually show users how to create and edit a video tribute on their own.

Can Help You Learn About Death Care Options

ChatGPT can be of value when exploring death care options, especially when pre-planning. You can take deep dives into exploring the details of cremation, green burials, traditional burials, and more.

Embalming and Burial Laws

AI can help you determine what is legal in regards to embalming and burials in specific states. It can help provide access to accepted ways of cremain disposal in certain areas.

You can quickly learn that you can’t just scatter ashes anywhere at any time. Again, you should keep in mind that ChatGPT’s own terms of service limit their responsibility for inaccurate or outdated information.

While AI can be useful as a tool, losing a loved one is a personal, human experience. The team at Fares J. Radel Funeral Homes and Crematory has been serving families in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky for over 125 years. We’re here to be a helpful resource on all the points above.

Historically, Radel has always embraced change and innovation. We were one of the first services to use motorized vehicles in funerals. We own the only private crematory in Greater Cincinnati. We embraced the use of comfort animals. We have helped families plan unique services and celebrations of life. We can even come to your home or office to plan or pre-plan a funeral. We will continue to embrace technology when it doesn’t negatively impact human interactions.

Should you have questions, we invite you to reach out to us with any questions.

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