Saturday, June 8, 2013

How to Plan Funeral Arrangements

Planning a funeral service is hard because of two things. First of all, you have a lot of things to take care of, and it doesn’t help that most people are not prepared for the passing of a loved one so they’re overwhelmed as to how to start. Second of all, planning a memorial service is tough because you’re still reeling from the loss and you want to mourn. However, you need to delay the mourning process and learn how to plan funeral arrangements.

It’s a good idea for you to learn how to arrange a funeral service even if you don’t need to arrange one right now. This way, you’ll be prepared for the inevitable of losing a loved one. But if you already lost one right now and you’re tasked to plan a funeral service, you don’t have to worry because it’s not too late.

Things that You Need

Before learning how to plan funeral arrangements, you have to know the things that you need. Here are the things you need:

  • A list of funeral homes in your area
  • Someone to conduct the service
  • Funeral announcement (usually done with an obituary, funeral announcement cards and word of mouth)
  • Funeral bulletin cards
  • Funeral order of service
  • Family members to help you with the arrangements for funerals
  • List of legal requirements
  • The lawyer of the deceased
  • Funeral director
How to Arrange a Funeral Service
Here is the step by step guide on planning a funeral service:
  1. Report the death.
You need to notify the authorities if you haven’t done so already. You should also start complying with the legal requirements to take care of things like the death certificate.
  1. Notify family members and friends.
They surely want to be notified of the death, especially since most of them would love to come and pay their respects. Contact the closest family members and friends directly. Also, make a funeral announcement.
  1. Contact the lawyer of the deceased.
The deceased may have his/her wishes when it comes to the memorial order of service and the funeral itself. This is where you’ll know whether there’ll be a cremation, a burial or entombment.
  1. Contact a funeral director.
There’s a good chance that this will be your first time to make arrangements for funerals. They can help you with the more important things of the funeral like the casket, embalming, setting up of the venue for the wake, etc.
  1. Prepare all the things needed.
Refer to the list above and make sure that you have them. At the very least, make sure that you have the preparations for them. Take this time to make a plan of the things that you can do while the funeral director handles the rest.
Here are the things that you should do:
a.       Issue a funeral service announcement.
You can easily find a funeral service announcement template online that you can use as a pattern.
b.      Send out funeral service invitations.
Family members and friends would love to attend the service, and they need to know the details. Include all important details like the date, time and place of the service so that they can make the necessary travel arrangements.
c.       Print out funeral memorial cards.
This is something that you’ll hand out at the service. A funeral memorial card is a good way to remember the deceased and those paying respects will appreciate it.
d.      Take care of the memorial order of service card.
You need a funeral order of service card in order to have an organized service. Talk to the lawyer of the deceased just in case the deceased had wishes. There are lots of memorial order of service templates that you can find online.  You can simply choose among them and follow the chosen template.
Of course, you should decide who will deliver the eulogies. In addition, choose 4-6 men as pallbearers. Make sure to inform them. You should also choose who will lead the service.

Now that you know how to plan funeral arrangements, it’s time for you to get started. Find it in yourself to overcome the grief and pay your respects to the deceased one last time by planning a memorial service that you and your family can be proud of.

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