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Things to Know Before Planning Funeral

Things to Know Before Planning Funeral

Investing is a popular concept in our daily lives, not only to make money, but also to invest in our health. Some people will buy insurance for themselves and their loved ones as a guarantee, but how to plan their funeral is never in their mind. When a person gets sick, they have no energy to plan a funeral. We shall plan a funeral for our sick loved ones. Even a professional funeral planner can feel overwhelmed if a funeral need to be completed within three days, so it is essential to plan a funeral in advance. What are your loved one's requirements for the funeral, does he or she want to be cremated or buried? Ask for his opinion, don't regard it as something to be ashamed to discuss, speak up and let things get done better. In this article, we will introduce some matters related to funeral. If you are planning a funeral for a loved one who is about to die, you can read this article to see if it will be helpful to you.

1. Know what your loved one want

If you and your dying loved one haven't discussed anything about the funeral, get started sooner. How does your loved one want his or her funeral to be presented? Respecting their opinions can be the most important. Does he prefer cremation or burial? If cremation is chosen, what does he want done with his ashes. If earth burial is chosen, then a cemetery needs to be purchased in advance, and decisions will also need to be made about the clothes the deceased will wear, whether a professional will be hired for hairdressing, etc. Whether the deceased wishes to be buried in his old home or place of residence will need to be discussed with his soon-to-be-deceased loved ones. Discussing some things in advance will make it much easier for the relatives.

2. Preparing an obituary for the funeral

Preparing an obituary is a necessary thing to do. An obituary is an announcement of his or her death and is meant to inform others about the funeral and the memorial service. The following information needs to be gathered to prepare an obituary:

  • Announcing the death
  • Gather details about the loved one including name, age, date of death, hometown, etc.
  • A brief biographical sketch
  • Details of the funeral and memorial service, such as when and where it will be held

3. Define the funeral budget

Most people usually spend a considerable amount of money on a funeral. There are many reasons for this, such as being in a hurry, wanting a perfect funeral, and inexperience in planning leading to unnecessary expenses. How much does a funeral cost? The average cost of a funeral is $7,500 and the average cost of a cremation is $6,500. According to the data, the national funeral cost has increased by 7% in the past five years. Common funeral cost breakdown includes funeral cost, casket cost, urn cost, flower cost, cost of watching the funeral, cemetery cost, vehicle cost, and wreath cost. You can go for different levels and sizes of funerals according to your budget.

4. Confirm what you can buy

Finding a professional funeral service and purchasing their package is a great saving. However, buying a professional funeral package is very expensive and does not always present what you want. You can purchase some things yourself, such as caskets, flowers, urns, which will save you a lot.

5. Determine who will attend the funeral

When a loved one dies, you may not notify everyone. Make a list of people you need to invite, check with them if they are available to attend the funeral, and allow time for distant friends to travel. Also, confirmation of funeral attendees involves the size of the venue and the picking up of supplies. It is also important to confirm the participation of the functionaries, such as the casket bearers, the carolers, etc. 

6. Arrange the transportation of the dead body

The transportation of the body is usually arranged by the funeral home, which can incur a significant cost. If the place of death and the funeral home are in the same place, the funeral home will take the transportation by ground. The cost of ground transportation will be calculated based on the distance from the deceased to the funeral home. If the deceased needs to be transported from one place to another, it will need to be transported by air to prevent the body from decomposing over a long period of time. Some laws require that the body be embalmed for interstate transportation.

7. Planning a memorial service after the funeral

Does the person wish to have a memorial service after the funeral? You can discuss in advance the music that will be played at the funeral, the photos or videos that will be used, etc. What style you want the funeral to look like, and what flowers will be used. Take notes on all these things as a funeral plan. Make sure they know the details of the funeral so they can make changes if something is not right. Some people want to have a simple memorial service after the cremation. A memorial service gives loved ones and friends more time to say goodbye to the deceased. You can also prepare a memorial service speech in advance, such as who will give the speech and what will he say. After the speeches, there is usually a free speech session. Those attending the funeral can come up and share their stories with the deceased and we can all pay tribute to the deceased. You can prepare some memorial gifts for the guests at the memorial service, such as a mini keepsake urn, cremation ash necklace, etc. Mini keepsake urn and cremation ash necklace can be used to store a Mini keepsake urn and cremation ash necklace can be used to store a tablespoon of cremated ashes.

8. Check if your family has insurance

If your loved one has life insurance, the insurance company will reimburse you for a death benefit to cover funeral expenses after death. This death benefit can help ease the burden of organizing the funeral and checking with your family about insurance will help you a lot.

Planning a funeral in advance is a sad thing to do, yet an inevitable one. If you don't write the details down, the hustle and bustle of the funeral day and your low mood will clutter your thoughts. Writing down everything will help you a lot. We hope the information about planning a funeral mentioned in this article can help you.
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