How To Plan For A Funeral Service


Planning a funeral service can be emotionally draining. The bereaved may find it hard to discuss the planning process due to anxiety and uncertainty openly. Nevertheless, funeral services are an excellent way to honor and remember the life of the departed. Family members and friends get an opportunity to share fond memories of the deceased and comfort each other during the hard times.

However, without proper planning, funeral services can become disastrous and stressful. This article provides you with an overview of how to plan a funeral service.

Plan the Funeral Service

Typically, funeral planning is a personal process. Your budget, life experiences, and relationship to the departed will determine your decisions. A funeral involves two things:

  • The form of disposition
  • How to remember, honor, and celebrate the life of the deceased

The form of final disposition depends on the wishes of the deceased. Sometimes people may die before leaving any wishes, which means you will be in charge of the entire process. The common forms of disposition include:

  • Traditional burial
  • Natural/green burial
  • Cremation
  • Alkaline hydrolysis

Additionally, you could choose a disposition form that makes the planning of the funeral service easier.

Personalize the Service

Although most people still prefer traditional funerals, personalized funeral or memorial services are fast becoming popular. Personalized service is a reflection of the personality and life of the departed. Most family members and friends prefer to personalize the service because they feel it is a better and more meaningful way to pay their last respect to the deceased. A personalized service may include officiants, readings, eulogists, music, food, webcasting, etc.

You should also decide whether you want the body present or visit beforehand and hold a memorial or funeral service later. This also applies to families that prefer to cremate the body of the departed.

Choose a Funeral Home

You should look for a funeral home to help you arrange the funeral service. The provider you choose will explain all the steps involved and the overall cost of the service. The funeral service providers will also help you obtain the death certificate of the departed. Ensure you discuss your religious and cultural preferences as well as the payment options with the provider.

While planning a funeral service can be a daunting and exhausting process, having the right people beside you can be of great help. With a funeral home, the process will be much easier and faster. You can also prearrange your funeral service to ease your loved one's burdens.


7 May 2021

Understanding The Funeral Planning Process

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.