When you decide to preplan your funeral, you'll visit the local funeral home, meet with a funeral director, and talk about your wishes. Preplanning your funeral involves not only planning each small detail related to your visitation and funeral service, but also thinking about other things that will need attention after your passing. By giving some thought to these minor but important details now, you'll save your surviving family members the hassle of thinking about these topics and dealing with them during their time of grief. Here are some important duties that you'll want to plan in advance.
Writing The Obituary
Many people are particular about their obituary, which makes it important to assign someone specific to this task. If you have a family member or friend who is a skilled writer, you may wish to include in your funeral preplanning that he or she will be responsible for this task. Another option is to have someone from the funeral home write the document — and then share it with your family before publishing it. Depending on your aptitude as a writer, it's even possible to write your own obituary if doing so suits you.
Preparing The Meal
If you'd like to have a reception held in your honor after the funeral service, you can dive deeply into preplanning each of its elements. Perhaps the most important thing to think about is what foods you wish to have served. If it interests you to come up with the menu, you can have some fun picking a selection of your favorite finger foods, snacks, and beverages. You may even wish to sit with your immediate family to compile this menu. You want to put together a menu that people can enjoy and think of you. For example, if you've always loved a certain type of pie, having it for dessert during the reception will be appropriate.
Traveling To The Cemetery
If you've opted for a burial, your family members and other funeral service attendees will likely travel from the funeral home to the cemetery at the conclusion of the service. The transportation from one destination to the other is also something that you may wish to think about. One approach is to have a handful of limos or town cars transport your family members to the cemetery in a processional. However, this isn't necessary. If you don't like formal proceedings, there's nothing wrong with simply stating that you want people to drive in their own vehicles.Share
12 July 2017
Hi everyone, my name is Sari Blakenship. My first time visiting a funeral home was an extremely comforting experience. Although I was blindsided by the death of my loved one, the funeral director helped me through the planning process without taking advantage of my grief. I was allowed to work at my own pace to cope with the grief in a healthy way. I was never rushed or pressured, despite the necessary timeline. Whenever I couldn't move forward, the funeral director held my hand and offered words of comfort. I would like to share each step of the funeral planning process to help others through this difficult process. Planning a funeral takes a lot of thought and time during a particularly difficult period. Please visit whenever you need a hand.