Planning a funeral doesn’t have to be an unpleasant experience, whether you’re thinking of saying a last goodbye to your loved one, or planning your own funeral. After all, it’s a family affair whose planning should involve several parameters to consider in order to assure all needs and capacities are met with the wishes of people involved. Here you can use a small checklist of those things to consider, that can help you make sure you have think it through from all aspects and covered all important points.
Collect input from your loved ones
There is a number of different types of services you can choose from, and a decision on which one is the most suitable should be made with help of your closest ones. If you’re making a funeral plan for yourself, have in mind this will be an event all of your loved ones will remember for the rest of their life and their last chance to pay respect, so the event itself should probably reflect their personality too, as well as their preferred way to conduct a memorial for you . If you’re making a funeral plan for someone else, taking in consideration their personality, their lifestyle, religious aspects, and their vision of how they would like their life to be celebrated for the last time, will probably be much easier for all of you if this subject is brought up on time.
Decide on the type of the funeral service you want
As there is a whole variety of services offered nowadays, you should probably think of one that will easily accommodate both the personality of the person you’re paying your respect to, as well as number of people that will attend the service. Another important aspect is the religious beliefs of the person, as some religions’ laws do not permit all of the funeral services available for the public.
Determine your budget and payment plan
Knowing your financial capability will greatly impact your choice of funeral service. However, most of funeral service providers nowadays, as well as specialized companies for funeral planning, can offer you different plans for pre-payed funeral service. This usually means you can arrange your funeral in advance, and make your payments on monthly basis.
Find a reliable funeral planning services in your area
ast and probably most important thing to think about is a service provider you will choose. Although you can probably organize a simple funeral and a memorial service yourself, safest choice by far is to leave it to professionals, who will make sure everyhting is planned and executed in a professional and a timely manner. Ask people who have used similar services before about their experience, find some funeral plan comparison tools online, ask for quotes and custom plans from at least several of them, to make sure you’re getting a best quality – value ratio.
Finally, make this experience a family activity. Although emotionally hard and associated with loss and grief, funerals are unique ways to pay respect and celebrate life of people we love and care about. They are just as important as other celebrations we plan with our loved ones, so this should also be a subject you will eventually have to go through with them.