How to plan funeral
When a family loses a treasured loved one there are a lot of things that have to be considered. Typically, the first step is to enlist the services of a funeral director to take care of all aspects of the funeral and burial. This may seem like the easiest approach; to give one person responsibility for all the arrangements. But this isn’t necessarily the best way to go about it.
One can make arrangements in advance for the funeral of a loved one, or for their own funeral. This reduces stress for family members when the time comes. But if arrangements have not been made, then certain things must be done once the death has occurred.
Here are the basic steps to planning a funeral:
The initial call: The first thing you’ll probably have to do is make an immediate call to the funeral home when the death occurs. This call is necessary because the body must be picked up and taken to the funeral home with a minimum of delay.
Transportation of the deceased: when the body must be transported to another city for burial, special arrangements must be made. This usually involves two funeral homes, one in the city where the death occurred, the other in the city where burial is to take place. Arrangements for the transport are usually made between the two homes.
Information provided to the funeral home: There are pieces of information that must be provided. These include the name of the deceased, their address and phone number, time of death, location of death, attending physician (with the doctor’s contact information), and the name of the person calling to report the death along with their personal information. If the circumstances of the death are unknown, then law enforcement may also have to be contacted.
Co-ordination of arrangements with funeral director: once you have decided on a funeral director (which may or may not be the one you initially called to transport the body), you then have to meet with them to make a number of decisions regarding the service, burial, cremation and the choice of related services and products. However, just because you are enlisting a funeral director to make many of the arrangements doesn’t mean that everything must be done through them. It is possible to purchase a number of products or services through outside providers such as Above and Beyond. This will result in a great cost saving without sacrificing any quality.
Decision about how the deceased will be interred: There are options for what might be done with the body after death. Your loved one could be buried, entombed, or cremated. If cremation has been chosen, a decision must be made about whether the ashes will be buried, placed in an urn and kept by the family, or scattered somewhere meaningful to the deceased. An urn to contain the ashes can be purchased from Above and Beyond at a much more reasonable price than would be charged from a funeral home.
Visitation: And how many sessions? Will you have an open casket or a closed one? The more elaborate the visitation is, the higher the cost. Will items like the casket and headstone be purchased from another source?: A decision must be made whether all funeral items, like the casket and headstone, will be purchased from the funeral home or whether a company like Above and Beyond will be employed to make things easier and less costly.
Cemetery arrangements:You’ll want to consider location when choosing a cemetery for your loved one. If you’re going to want to visit the site from time to time, you’ll want a cemetery that is conveniently located. You’ll also have to choose an exact location of the plot you’re going to purchase. This, of course, will depend on whether you’re planning a traditional casket burial or whether you plan to have cremated remains buried.
Decision on what type of ceremony will be chosen: Many options may be considered based on religious wishes or other considerations. Will there be an open casket? Will there be a service following a cremation? The family must decide whether there will be readings, whether several people will be allowed to read tributes, and what music will be included. Ceremonies are an important part of the death process for those who are left behind. The ceremony helps those who are grieving to cope with their loss.
Selecting readings: Obviously, it is essential to choose a reading that is appropriate for the circumstances. A young person killed in an accident will evoke different emotions than the passing of someone from natural causes. The reading should bring comfort to the loved ones of the deceased person. Choices can include scriptural selections, poems, or quotations. You may also choose to write an original piece or to ask someone else to do that.
Obituaries and eulogies: In most cases, an announcement of the death is published in a newspaper, so that friends and acquaintances can be informed. Someone has to write the obituary, and help in how to do this can be had from Above and Beyond. They will also help you with composing a eulogy to be delivered during the funeral or memorial service. Choosing music: This choice depends on what is meaningful for the family and appropriate to the life of the deceased. You may choose something religious, some classical, or something that was a favourite of the person who has died.
Estate resolution:The executor of the deceased person’s will is given the responsibility of handling the disposition of the estate.
There’s no way to make arranging a funeral easier than to plan it in advance – and, if possible, to arrange to pay for it in advance. When individuals make arrangements ahead of time, they make the trauma of death much easier to cope with when the time comes. And because funerals can be expensive, taking out funeral insurance through Above and Beyond will ensure than cost is not a problem for family and other loved ones.