The last thing you want to be when planning a funeral is stressed out. Here are some tips to make the process a little easier.
1. Choosing a Funeral Home
The price and location my vary depending on the style of funeral you wish to have. Call around, get in contact with different facilities in your area and ask for a general price list. Once you have found a venue that fits your needs the funeral director will assist you in planning the necessary steps to prepare for the day. Take your time and look at multiple facilities before deciding on one.
2. Deciding the Type of Funeral
Whether you want a traditional Christian ceremony, or a non-religious celebration will depend entirely on the deceased’s beliefs and wishes, and on the family.
3. Get Friends and Family to Help
Don’t do it alone. Delegate tasks to different members of the family who want to help out. Creating a photo board or slideshow, choosing special music to play and deciding on who will speak are all tasks others can help with. It’s a time to work together, and having something to do can help people feel in control of something during this time, and that they are helping.
4. Choosing a Gravestone
Choosing gravestones is an important job that can be forgotten or left till the last minute. Gravestones come in varying prices and styles depending on what you are looking for. Choosing a quote or short poem to be engraved can be a special touch to remember your loved one.
5. Give Yourself Time
Make a list and start organizing early. The last thing you want to do is leave it all to the last minute and more stress to the situation. This is where asking for help from friends and family can be invaluable. More often than not they will be wiling to bend over backwards to do anything they can.
6. Consider a prepaid funeral plan
A funeral plan enables you to lock in the current price of a funeral, avoiding future price rises. Accordingly to research in the UK from SunLife, the cost of a funeral has increased 130% in the last 16 years and is forecast to continue rising.
As well as saving your loved ones money, a funeral plan also provides you with the opportunity to document how to want your funeral to be (not what your family think you want); the music, the speakers, the dress code, the tone, even the drinks at the wake.
You can compare quotes completely free of charge at Reassured – Funeral Plans.