Important Questions To Consider When Pre-Planning A Funeral For Your Loved One


The need for final arrangements is obviously one that everyone will eventually experience and includes many smaller decisions that need to be dealt with. However, one of the most challenging is the need for a funeral that complies with all of their religious and personal beliefs, while also staying in budget. Therefore, working with the funeral home to plan the funeral ahead of time is often the best choice during that difficult time.

By doing so, it is possible to not only have the respectful service that almost everyone wants, but to include the tiny details that would otherwise be easy to overlook. For example, a favorite broach or preferred suit can mean a lot to someone, especially when it is one of the last decisions they will ever have input on:

What Order Should There Be For The Funeral, Burial or Cremation and Graveside Service?

In all likelihood, you already know whether a cremation or burial will take place. You may not have had the chance to determine whether there will be a funeral service, a graveside burial or both.

It is also possible to have a lovely memorial service soon after death, allowing for a timely cremation. In addition, embalming is common, but is not required in every state and is not necessary for cremation at all.

Where Should The Memorial Services Take Place?

Another important aspect to discuss when planning these arrangements is where the funeral or memorial service will be held. If finances are of a concern, as they so often are, funeral homes can often help you find the most affordable choice. It could be a smaller chapel at their facility, planning the service during off-peak hours or even planning for the service to take place in a family member's home.  

Is It Possible To Move The Funeral Or Other Arrangements Later on?

It is helpful to note that today it is possible to pre-plan and pre-pay for a funeral, years ahead of the time it may be needed. Although most people associate pre-planning a funeral with serious health challenges, it is also common to do so in order to spare loved ones from the stress of doing so later on.

With that being said, it is a good idea to consult with the funeral home about whether or not it is possible to move the burial or funeral to another location, if the need presents itself.

In conclusion, it is important to remember that death is the ultimate loss of control and closure. At difficult as it is for you to know and accept what is happening, it is only logical that it is much more so for them. Providing them with their available choices is a kind and respectful way to help a dying person control the last aspect of their lives, which also removes some of the burden from you and other loved ones. 


27 March 2015

Planning Your Loved One’s Funeral

A couple of weeks ago, one of my dear family friend’s suffered the loss of her husband. After a brief illness, he passed away at a local hospital. Immediately after his passing, she started planning the funeral arrangements. She didn’t want his funeral to be a sad occasion. Instead, she wanted the service to celebrate his amazing life. She worked tirelessly with the professional staff at a local funeral home in order to plan the order and type of service for the funeral. On this blog, you will discover tips for planning a funeral service that will celebrate the life of your deceased loved one.