Preparing for a funeral is never an easy thing to do. Whether you are pre-planning your own funeral or are tasked with planning the funeral of a loved one, funeral planning has many components. Read on to learn the steps you can take to ensure all funeral arrangements are in place.
1. Finalize all paperwork
If you are preparing for your own funeral, paperwork is going to be one of the most important steps in the process. You’ll want to have a legal document drafted explicitly stating who should make major decisions after your death. This may or may not be next of kin (spouse, children, etc.). This document should also spell out what who will be allowed to make medical decisions for you if necessary. It’s usually a good idea to get an official document drawn up with a lawyer. If you are planning someone else’s funeral, check to see if he or she has prepared any documents in advance. This can help you determine what arrangements have already been made, who should be doing the planning, and what the wishes of the deceased were.
2. Decide on a funeral provider
Deciding on a funeral provider is a very important part of the process. Whether you are deciding on one for yourself or a loved one, the funeral home, along with the funeral director, is who you will be dealing with most frequently. The funeral home is usually tasked with handling important details, including filing pertinent paperwork and handling the body. Cost, reputation, and plans are some of the most important factors in choosing a funeral home.
3. Determine the type of funeral
Some people have funerals (which occur before the body is buried), while others choose memorial services (which happen after the burial or cremation). Choosing which type of service is important before the planning process begins. It’s also important to know whether the body will be buried or cremated at this time. If burial is in order, arrangements with a cemetery will need to be made. If cremation is chosen, you will need to work with the funeral home to have the body properly cremated. The funeral director should be able to assist in either of these circumstances.
Planning a funeral doesn’t have to be a burden. Following the steps above will help guarantee that everything will run smoothly. Whether you are planning your own funeral or that of a loved one, we are happy to work with you to coordinate all aspects of the process.