Planning a funeral can be challenging for many different reasons. Not only are you processing the pain and grief of losing a loved one, but you’re also having to execute a complicated and detailed event that, most likely, you’ve never had to deal with before. Planning any successful event with little experience and a limited time frame is difficult, and when that event is a funeral, it’s even more so.
As well as a time of mourning, a funeral should be a celebration and tribute to the person who has passed. You want it to be suitably somber but also respectful and a fitting way to honor a special person. It’s a delicate balance.
If you’d like to learn about how to plan a funeral, this guide can help. Read on to find out more.
Method of Disposition
One of the first decisions you’ll need to make is the method of disposition for the body. It’s possible the person who has passed has already stipulated this. However, if they haven’t you’ll need to make the decision yourself.
There are several different options to choose from. You can opt for cremation, a traditional burial, or a so-called “green burial” which entails wrapping the body in a biodegradable shroud. These are the most common types, each with different considerations and costs.
Planning the Service
The next step will be planning out the service. You’ll normally work with some sort of service or provider such as a funeral home on this.
If the person was religious, then a faith-based ceremony may be appropriate. In this case, you’ll have a clear guideline for the direction the service should go in.
If the person was not religious, you’ll have more free reign on how to organize the memorial. You can choose to have music, speakers, or a quiet affair focused on remembering someone who passed away. There are many different types of funerals, and planning one is a deeply personal experience.
You may want to add personal touches such as readings from passages from their favorite book, a presentation of their favorite things, or even customized t-shirts with a picture of the deceased (linked here). No matter what choices you make, try to always keep in mind what the deceased would have wanted.
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Death Announcement or Obituary
You’ll also need to make some sort of announcement to let people know that your loved one has passed on. Your funeral service provider will usually be able to help you with this. But if there’s anything specific you’d like included, you should be sure to let them know.
Another thing that people often forget is what to tell people regarding gifts. Often, a family doesn’t want to be bombarded with flowers or cards, and so will ask well-wishers to make a charitable donation instead. This is something that you can add at the bottom of the death announcement.
Planning a Funeral: Paying Tribute to Loved Ones
Planning a funeral can be emotionally tough. But it’s also a great way to grieve fully and to gain closure about a loved one’s death. If you’d like more practical planning tips, don’t forget to have a look at the rest of our articles.