Planning a Funeral After an Unexpected Death – Part Two

Funerals are probably the most popular of all the memorial options, as they are the most traditional type of service. There is no one set way to have a funeral – how you proceed depends on your loved one’s religious affiliation, age, and personality. For example, for a child’s funeral service, the parents will often choose to have a more uplifting service and will choose to decorate the area with balloons, flowers, and stuffed animals. Many parents also choose to have their child’s favorite stories and songs read and sung at the service.

A funeral usually will include prayers or blessings and are often directed by a priest, rabbi, or other spiritual leader. They are usually held in a church, synagogue, or in the chapel of a funeral home If the deceased was not religious, prayers and blessings can be replaced by singing favorite songs and/or reading favorite poems or passages. You can pick how you want the service to proceed. Just discuss your choices with the funeral director to ensure that the service will go as smoothly as possible.

Your funeral director will be your key resource during the funeral planning process. There is at least one funeral director at every funeral home and he or she will work very closely with you throughout all of the arrangements. How closely you work with your funeral director and the amount of organizing the director does for you will depend on your needs. For example, if you need help writing the obituary, a good funeral director will help you with that and will also distribute the obituary to the newspapers of your choice.

The funeral director should explain the funeral planning process, discuss which tasks he/she can perform on your behalf, and help you complete all the steps necessary to complete the preparations. The funeral home will also coordinate transportation of your loved one’s body from the funeral home to the place of worship for the funeral and then to the place of burial. Remember that, in most situations, the amount you will be charged will vary according to what the funeral director does on your behalf and the type of work the funeral home does as part of the preparation and funeral service.

The planning phase of the funeral will likely take a few hours. You simply go into the funeral home, meet with the director and discuss the necessary details. If you or family members are unable to go into the funeral home, the director may be able to come to you. It is also a good idea to have the personal representative or executor of the estate present at this meeting to sign all of the necessary paperwork. If no personal representative or executor exists, then an immediate family member like a spouse, parent, or adult child should suffice.

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