There is often a lot to think about when a loved one passes on, and funeral arrangements top the list. However, arranging a funeral can be a challenging experience for family members and relatives without a proper plan. For instance, the deceased might have left details on how to proceed with the funeral, but misunderstandings within a family can derail the process. Luckily, funeral home directors can help you with funeral arranging. This article highlights strategies for ensuring that a funeral goes to plan.
Find a Professional Funeral Director
Arranging a funeral is no mean feat, especially when dealing with grief. Therefore, you must find a professional funeral director to help you ease the burden. Notably, experienced directors understand the entire funeral arrangement process and do their best to create the most fitting tribute for the deceased. That said, a funeral director needs critical details to arrange a funeral that befits the deceased. For instance, they might need details regarding the type of funeral the deceased wanted, burial timeframe, and your budget to make informed decisions regarding funeral plans.
Understand the Funeral Package
Funeral homes offer various packages, which vary depending on the services clients want to be included in the funeral. Therefore, understanding the nitty-gritty of the services you want to be included in a funeral package helps with the overall planning exercise. Notably, various services are wrapped into a funeral package, including elements you do not need. For instance, a cremation funeral package might include a customised urn, but at an added cost. Thus, you might easily miss the detail and end up paying for a personalised urn when your loved one wanted a regular design. Therefore, take time and go through a funeral service package with loved ones before making a decision.
Consider a Prepaid Plan
Prepaying for a funeral service is perhaps one of the best funeral arrangement strategies. Unfortunately, most people do not consider it an option primarily because it is marred in misconceptions. For instance, most people think that a prepaid funeral plan is expensive, the money does not earn interest, or a funeral home might go out of business. However, a prepaid funeral arrangement plan gives you peace of mind since you know who to call when the inevitable occurs. Moreover, a prepaid plan allows you to make the most significant choices early. Most importantly, it ensures a smooth funeral once you or a loved one passes on.
Funerals can bring forth such a range of emotions: melancholy, grief, regret, relief and nostalgia. As an assistant at a funeral parlour, I am privileged to help people with organising their loved one’s final journey. I have learnt that a good funeral parlour can make the occasion truly commemorative. When I attend funerals for friends, I am saddened to see that so many ceremonies are traditional and joyless. I later find out that the family members simply weren’t aware of options such as a graveside memorial service. I love the fact that one of my tasks involves showing family members various venues and demonstrating what can be done. In this humble little blog, I hope to make it my mission to share some of the ideas – big and small – from the best funerals I have seen. Perhaps it will give you some inspiration at a difficult time. Bless.