Understandably, most people consider funeral planning as one of the hardest things in their life. Planning for one means making a lot of decisions during a time when their emotions are all over the place and their minds are unclear. This is why making arrangements in advance is recommended. By doing so, decisions could be properly made and mistakes could be avoided.
It is a good thing that funerals could now be planned ahead of time. Family and friends should not have to worry about making decisions when they should be mourning. A sudden death of a loved one without any burial plans made in advance could cause trauma, stress, and confusion. Pre-planning relieves people of the emotional burden and at the same time allows them to be money-wise.
Planning a funeral takes a few simple steps that could be adjusted based on preferences. The wishes of the person whose funeral is being planned are often taken into consideration. During the process of planning, asking questions is recommended to prevent misunderstanding and to ensure that everything will be done right.
Having a checklist is also advisable to ensure that nothing is overlooked. There are details that are best arranged for ahead of time to save on costs. Otherwise, it will be difficult to negotiate on the details and cost at a time when you are already availing of the services.
The first thing a person must do is to find a memorial home and director. Coordinate with them for the transportation, the visitation, and the service. Discuss with the director all options available before signing any contract. The director would also be able to give details that people do not normally pay attention to.
The person should check the contract details with the funeral home to see which services are included and which are not. There are some details that may entail extra fees. Those details or services include book register, flowers, transportation, embalming, visitation times, and staffing. The prices should be available upon request.
After that, buying a casket is the next thing to do. That is, if the person decides that there will be a burial. The contracted memorial home will be able to give a list of options and their prices. The process of filing the necessary documents should also be ironed out, so that the family members do not have to worry about them. Death certificates and burial permits are necessary to complete the service. Arranging for newspaper notices is also part of the services of some memorial homes. Some people already have drafts of their obituaries complete with their messages to the people they will leave behind.
The last step would be planning the actual ceremony. Bible verses or significant readings should be used. If the service will be done in a church, whatever it is that the person has chosen should be discussed with the religious leader. The director in contract could be of help in planning the service, the programme, and other physical arrangements needed in the service.
If the arrangements are done ahead of time, copies should be kept in a place where it is accessible to the family. It should not be a part of the will since the will is typically read after the service.
The arrangements should also be according not only to the family’s wishes, but also according to the wishes of the loved one who died. The cultural standards and the views of those in the community should not matter. A funeral is private affair that should be for the comfort of those who are grieving. It does not need to conform to traditions.