Guide To Planning A Funeral
Whether it’s expected or sudden, the death of a loved one or friend is never easy. Along with the emotional pain, planning a funeral can be rather complex. We know you’ve assumed a great responsibility taking care of the details.
So, to make this difficult time a little easier, here is a step by step guide to planning a funeral.
Confirm transportation arrangements
After the first call is made, your loved one will need to be transferred to a funeral home or another facility. In some circumstances, a second transfer may be necessary. This may be to another funeral home or to another city.
Find Pre-Planned Funeral Documents
Your loved one may have made plans which detail their preferences for their burial and service type. For instance, they may opt for a traditional burial, a burial at sea, a cremation, or even to donate their body to medical science. They may have also desired a traditional service, a graveside service, a memorial or no service at all.
Most importantly, a pre-arranged funeral plan will specify their preferred funeral service provider.
Arranging The Funeral Service
Once you know who the service provider is, you should meet with the funeral director. They will help you make proper arrangements for your loved ones funeral service. During the meeting, you will discuss several important details. These include:
- How the deceased is cared for
- Whether there will be a burial, cremation etc.
- The type of ceremony that will be held
If your loved one has chosen a burial, you will need to explore cemetery arrangements. If they have not already purchased cemetery property, speak to officials at the cemetery so you can purchase interment property.
Depending on their wishes, you may need to buy a plot, a family garden or an urn. If you’re unsure, a funeral director can assist you and may arrange cemetery property on your behalf.
Based on their wishes, select and purchase the appropriate merchandise for the funeral. This will include items such as a burial vault, casket or an urn. And, depending on burial arrangements, you’ll need to purchase an online marker or a grave marker.
Locate Personal Information
Search for any documentation your loved one may have left behind. Personal information and instructions will be crucial in finalising their affairs. It will also assist you in delivering a eulogy and writing an obituary. Your loved one may have also left documentation relating to family genealogy.
This information will give you a unique insight into your loved ones family history and requests.
For assistance in planning your loved ones funeral or how to arrange a ceremony or even just for a helping hand, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.