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Community Education Program

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We understand; the topic of death is a very sensitive issue for most people. It is often a time of great sadness, emotional confusion, and financial strain. However, it doesn't have to be! We're here to help you present the community you serve with the knowledge and tools they need to make thoughtful decisions for themselves and the people they care about the most--their families.


  • It's an integral part of the many services Lord & Stephens provides to our community
  • An increased need in the community for pre-planning information
  • It's often not an easy subject to talk about and take the initiative to engage in


  • Casual & Comfortable- We know that not everyone is comfortable walking into the funeral home to get their questions answered so we created these events to speak to people in more familiar and informal settings.
  • Informative - During these casual events, we share information on a variety of pre-planning topics and answer basic questions.
  • No Pressure-Apart from our Lunch & Learn events, no appointments are scheduled at our Community Education Programs. We desire solely to get this information into the hands of as many people as possible. Anyone, of course, is welcome to reach back out to us should they want to pursue the pre-planning process.
  • Wherever your group meets regularly
  • A restaurant or other meeting space
  • Veterans Organizations
  • Civic Organizations
  • Churches or other religious organizations
  • Libraries
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Veterans Presentations 

We often find that many veterans are unaware of the benefits available to them from the VA. So we take it upon ourselves at Lord & Stephens to educate our brave men and women about all the options open to them.

Key Features:

  • VA Burial Benefits
  • Lord & Stephens Veterans Memorial Program
  • Georgia National/State Cemetery Tours
  • No appointments set at Veterans Presentations
Veterans presentations can be scheduled at the time and location most convenient to your veterans group.

Easy as Pie Presentations

Learn how planning ahead for your final wishes can shield your family from making difficult decisions at a highly emotional time, ensure that your requests are carried out, and how pre-planning can realize financial benefits today. Join us for dessert and learn how planning for your final wishes can be ‘Easy as Pie.’

Key Features:
  • Pie, coffee, and supplies provided
  • Any of our other presentations can include 'Easy as Pie'
  • No appointments set at Easy as Pie events

An Easy as Pie presentation can be scheduled at the time and location most convenient to your community.
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Lunch & Learn Presentations

Our Lunch & Learns are a great opportunity to enjoy a complimentary meal on us and get some of your pre-planning questions answered in a relaxed and casual setting.

Key Features:

  • Held monthly at local area restaurants throughout Clarke, Madison, Oconee, and Oglethorpe counties
  • Advertised and promoted through Lord & Stephens Funeral Homes
  • Appointments are set at  the end of the presentation

Lunch & Learns are promoted through targeted mailings, digital billboards, newspaper advertising, and through our website.

Faith-Based Presentations

Churches and faith-based organizations offer a unique opportunity to engage in end-of-life discussions. Although it often remains a difficult subject, our faith-based presentations engage the faithful with a thoughtful and dignified approach to pre-planning.

Key Features
  • As a former pastor, our Advance Funeral Planner Ray Finger, is a uniquely qualified person to engage in this discussion
  • Provides an engaging spiritual perspective to pre-planning
  • No appointments set at our Faith-Based Presentations 
Faith-Based presentations can be planned at the times and locations most convenient to congregants. 

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