How to Arrange a Funeral
By Budda Oliver
It is a time in your life when a loved one passes, and
sometimes the ordeal is compounded by having to make the
funeral arrangements. There are many decisions that have
to be made when it comes to organizing a funeral.
Knowing what steps to take during the funeral
arrangement process will help you plan a fitting
memorial while allowing you your time to grieve.
One of the primary factors that will need to be figured
is the cost. How much money do you or the family of the
deceased have to spend? Did the deceased already plan
ahead for his or her funeral and provide finances for
the funeral arrangements? Once you know the total budget
you have available for the funeral, you can move forward
with the rest of the arrangements.
You will also need to know if the deceased person had
any specific wishes about what should happen after he or
she passed. If a death is expected, either because of
old age or terminal illness, the person may make final
arrangements to lessen the burden on family and friends.
If this is the case, you wont have much to do in the way
of picking out the casket or finding the right funeral
home, because the person has already taken these basic
steps. All you have to do is contact the funeral home of
the deceased person's choosing and meet with them to
plan the service and burial.
If there are no prior funeral arrangements, you can plan
a special memorial with the help of a funeral director.
You may choose a funeral home that is nearby or near the
final resting place of your loved one. The funeral
director will be able to suggest items and services, as
well as help you place an obituary in the paper,
announcing the death and the times of the wake (viewing)
and funeral service.
Along with the funeral director, you can pick out music
and memorial tributes. You can make memory boards with
the deceased's picture or DVD video slideshows with
music of your choice that can be played at the memorial
service. The funeral director will be with you every
step of the way to make sure all your bases are covered
and your loved one is being remembered in a most special
You will also need to decide on the final resting place
for your loved one. Often times, a family will have a
plot at a nearby cemetery. Otherwise, the final resting
place can be somewhere that you deem fitting. A
headstone will need to be chosen out and worded to
describe the deceased person.
Finally, a reception usually occurs after a funeral.
This can be done at a family member's house or a
restaurant banquet room. Either way, you need to figure
out where the food will come from. The reception is a
celebration of life. People will gather to talk about
the happy memories of their loved one. Although this is
a somber time, try to make the most out of the reception
and share joyful recollections with family and friends.
Mr. Oliver is a marketing agent of Morrissett Funeral
Home. When it's time to say goodbye to your loved ones,
you don't have to make arrangements alone. Morrissett
Funeral Home can help you with each step of the funeral
and memorial service process. For more information on
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