Planning a Funeral Service For Father
By Jason Gibson Parsons
Losing your father can be one of the most difficult and
devastating times of your life. Especially if you have
sisters and brothers whom you have to comfort and
console while at the same time you have to find a way to
deal with the pain as well. It's not easy dealing with
the idea that you won't ever see him again. This can
make things even more painful and difficult for you, if
you are the one left with organizing the funeral. This
is probably the last thing you want to be doing right
now, but it's important that you find the strength to
pull yourself together so that your father can have a
decent service and proper burial, allowing others who
loved him to say their last goodbye.
The first thing you want to do when trying to put
together a burial service for your father, is to locate
a funeral home that will be convenient to your location.
You should make sure that the funeral home is large
enough for your father to enter. Make sure that the
environment is comfortable, and after talking to the
director, decide if the services offered fulfill your
needs and fits your budget.
Most people often have a preference as to whether or not
they want to be cremated or burial. It's important that
you decide this before the service because you will have
to choose between a closed/open casket and urn to be
used at the service. You'll want to contact the church
that your father was a member of to arrange the funeral
which consists of a date and time. If your father was
not a member of a church, then this is something you
will need to decide for yourself.
Another thing is schedule a day for viewing of the body
which is called a wake. Most people schedule this the
day before the funeral, but it's your choice if you want
to do it sooner. You should also take the time to order
flowers to be used in the service and at the graveside,
and it won't hurt to order memorial items such as
obituaries and such.
Once you have done all this it is time to start
contacting friends, family, co workers, and any other
people who may have known your father, or knew people
who knew him. This will give them a chance to decide if
they want to come and show support for the grieving
family and say their last goodbye. There may also be
people who were closer to your father who wouldn't mind
speaking at the funeral. You don't have to allow it but
sometimes it helps when others share their wonderful
memories of the people we love.
Once this is all over, things may not go back to normal,
but you will finally have a chance to grieve in your own
way. This will be a rough time for you, but giving your
father the best funeral possible is the best last gift
you can give to someone you love.
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