A Guide to Planning a Funeral
One sad fact is that we all will die someday. Some people decide to plan their funeral while they are alive to ensure that those left behind would not have a hard time. It is not a must for you to plan your funeral because those that would be left behind would do it. One thing to agree with me is that planning the funeral for a loved one is such an emotional and tedious thing. It would be even harder if you do not know what to consider. Here is a step-to-step guide to planning a funeral.
Before you can even go further, you should know if the person had made any pre-arrangements. You should not proceed to plan for the funeral without knowing if the loved one had made payments for the funeral, bought funeral insurance, or written wishes; this information would be very useful. If you find this, it means that you will have to contact the funeral home that he or she had used. It would not cost you much to plan the funeral for a loved one who had made pre-arrangements; you would also not find it more stressful.
You should do your best to choose the best funeral home for your loved one. Since you would find so many of them, you can rely on referrals and recommendations from friends and colleagues. Once you have narrowed down your choices, you should consider calling each of them to discuss what you want and at what cost.
Some people prefer being cremated while others choose to be buried and you have to know this. Some people tend to mention how they want their funeral to be; make sure to use the best cremation services if the person had mentioned the same. The process of choosing the right cremation services might be daunting due to the availability of so many of them. Before making the final choice, make sure that you know what you would be expected to pay for the cremation services. If the company providing cremation services would not handle all the paperwork, it would not make sense to choose it; choose a different company. You would regret if the company offering the cremation services does not seem to be one that cares.
It would be a good idea to know how the memorial service would be. This involves knowing who the officiant of the funeral would be. The officiant of the funeral should know what special things should be said about the loved one. Moreover, it would be your responsibility to know what you would want to show at the memorial service.