Organising a Funeral
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This is a condensed list of aspects one must consider when planning a funeral.
For people that have never planned a funeral, they may find it to be a confusing and overwhelming time. Compound this with the emotional stress and physical exhaustion they are probably experiencing, planning a funeral can become a nightmare for many.
Luckily, there are many ways a person can alleviate their stress by making plans ahead of time, ultimately shrinking the burden on left behind loved ones. Below is a checklist to use when planning and discussing funeral plans for a loved one, helping to guarantee their last wishes are executed in the way they want.
These are all of the matters that can be pre-arranged before someone's death.
1. Standard Provisions
- Generate necessary personal information for the obituary
- Select a charity that donations can be made to (in lieu of flowers)
- Determine what is to happen with jewellery
- Select a funeral home
2. Funeral Home Services
- Burial or Cremation
- Pick a casket/cremation container
- Pick burial vault/cremation urn
- Pick family viewing/visitation
- Pick floral arrangements
- Pick photograph that is to be displayed and used in obituary
- Determine what religious items are to be displayed; of if they would of preferred a humanist funeral
- Determine what deceased person will wear
- Pick music for service
- Pick scriptures or literature that is to be read
- Pick memorial register
- Pick memorial folders and greeting-cards
- Select funeral coach
- Clergy Car
- Determine family transport
- Determine pallbearer transport
- Determine flower car
4. Participating Members of Service
- Determine officiator or clergyman
- Pick musical participants
- Determine loved ones and family members to read at service
5. Cemetery Selections
- Pick a cemetery
- Pick a burial/cremation plot
- Determine above/below ground
- Pick grave/memorial marker and inscription
6. Final Preparations
These are all of the matters that cannot be arranged before death occurs.
- Ambulance transfer from spot death occurs
- Death certificate
- Burial permit
- Time and date of service
- Requesting preparation and embalming
- Writing and submission of obituary
- Location and food for reception
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