Death isn’t something we like to think about, but it could be coming for any one of us at any time, and it’s best to be prepared. When someone we love dies, it can be difficult to know where to start or what to do. But one thing is certain: they need a befitting burial. There are many things to consider when planning a funeral, from the venue and catering to the flowers and music. By taking your time and planning ahead, you can ensure that your loved one’s funeral is an honorable one. See tips that can help you below.
If you don’t want to put your family in the position of scrambling to make decisions while they are grieving, it’s best to plan ahead. While it may not be easy, especially if the person died suddenly, planning ahead will allow you all time to talk about what your loved one would have wanted and work out the logistics together. This could include choosing a venue for the funeral, finding a taker for your loved one’s body, and deciding how their worldly possessions should be distributed.
Reach Out to The Insurance Company
If the deceased were working when they passed away, you should consider calling their insurance company. You may find that there is an insurance policy in place and if so, they can help cover your funeral expenses. But you might need to work out what type of funeral is covered by it. While this can be complicated and you may want to reach out to an expert for assistance, some policies will pay for funeral expenses or are willing to help with the cost of transporting their body.
Choose a Venue
Wherever your loved one’s funeral takes place, it needs to strike the right tone. For a religious service, look for a church or synagogue in the area. This will allow you to honor your loved one’s religion and give their friends and family somewhere to pray together after the service. For those who were agnostic or atheist, check whether they had expressed any wishes for where their funeral should take place.
Does the town they grew up in have a special museum they loved? Is there a hill, tree, or bench that was meaningful to them? It’s possible to hold the service in their honor at these places. When choosing a different venue you will need to consider your budget. Funeral homes are often the most affordable venue, but they might not provide all of the services you desire.
Announce It Openly
People are sure to want to pay their respects, especially if they were close to their loved ones. Give everyone time to make the journey if you are having a service in another city or country. If you are having the funeral at home, make sure their friends know about it so they can plan ahead too.
Send out invitations to the service, asking people to let you know if they are planning on attending. If someone is traveling a long distance for your loved one’s funeral, ask if there is anything you can do to help them. Keep track of who is attending, and keep people updated if their plans change or they can’t make it for any reason.
Get The Necessary Documentation Ready
You’ll need to do some research into local laws and practices before you finalize the details of your loved one’s funeral. This is particularly important if they died outside of your area. If they died overseas but want to be buried at home, you will need to make sure their body can be transported back for this to happen.
You will need to get hold of several items before your loved one’s funeral, such as death and burial certificates, and it may be easier if you collect these documents in person. You’ll need at least two copies of the death certificate, which you can then give to the crematorium or cemetery. If you need to transport your loved one’s body, make sure you have all necessary paperwork before moving it.
Make Funeral Arrangements
There are many options available to you when choosing what kind of service your loved one will have. The day of the ceremony is an important one and emotions would be high. It’s advisable that crucial decisions be made before the day arrives. Check out some items/people that are needed on that day below.
- Ushers: They would help in organizing people who are attending the ceremony and also will help with the sitting arrangements.
- Speakers: Would anyone be speaking? They need to be pre-selected early on and informed too.
- Eulogies: They need to be written and spoken at the event. It could be done by you or any other close loved one.
- Pallbearers: The pallbearers are people who’d carry the casket. You want them to be ready beforehand to avoid unnecessary complications.
In this blog post, we’ve covered a lot of ground about how to organize an honorable funeral for your dear one. But there is no substitute for the love and care you provide in person during these difficult times. We hope that our words have helped guide some sense into what can often be a very confusing time.