It is an understatement to say that planning for a funeral service is difficult. Losing a loved one is already difficult by itself, and having to arrange for their final goodbyes can be overwhelming.

To make things less complicated, here are five tips when organizing a funeral.


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• Obtain the help of a funeral service provider

These professionals have the experience and are familiar when dealing with the needs of a bereaved family. They are in the position to give advice and help in determining what will be suitable for the family of the departed, as well as respect the last wishes of the person who have just passed away.

Included in the services; the funeral home provides the transporting of the deceased to the funeral home,  advising on whether or not to do a cremation, help in preparing the death certificate, arranging for an autopsy if necessary or requested, as well as meeting the family to discuss decisions required of them.

Choose the final resting place

Usually, the burial plot has been identified beforehand. However, if this has not been done yet, the family has to get in touch with a cemetery to purchase one. If the family chose cremation, they could either have the urn kept in a mausoleum or bring it home.

Your contact in the funeral home can help in making the arrangement for the final resting place if it still needs to be done.

• Choose and schedule the service

At present, the two most common types of funeral services are cremation and a traditional burial. The latter usually includes visitation, funeral ceremony at the church or funeral home, and burial after a graveside service. Viewing is an option that the family can choose or exclude from the traditional funeral.

Visitation, ceremony, and free viewing are also part of the cremation service, but the remains are then cremated in the end with the urn either buried, kept in the mausoleum, or brought home by the family.

• Inform family and friends of the service

There are several ways to break the news to the deceased’s relatives and friends should they wish to pay their final respects. Email, a direct message and announcement in social media, and even traditional mail informing of the schedule of the wake, funeral, and burial services will be appreciated. Family members can also opt to place a newspaper or radio ad.

The deceased’s employer, co-workers, church group, and other groups he or she was part of will also appreciate the information.

• Decide on products related to the funeral service

There are several things to purchase which are part of the funeral service. The casket and the grave marker needs to be decided by the family members who would be aware of the deceased’s preferences when it comes to these things. Music, flowers, and scripture readings are other elements of the funeral service that the family can arrange for the funeral home for an additional fee if not been included yet.

Organizing all the above can be difficult while in grief, which is why it is recommended to have these practicalities discussed especially if there is time for one to talk with one’s loved ones before passing.

Five Steps for Preparing a Funeral Service

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