Suggestions To Help With Planning Your Funeral

At some point, every person dies. Since death is inevitable, it is important to plan for your final arrangements. Some people allow their loved ones to handle all of the funeral planning and burial arrangements after their death. However, the loved ones of a deceased person are often emotionally overwhelmed by their loss. For friends and family members, planning a funeral while they are deeply grieving can be difficult.

It is often best for individuals to plan their own final arrangements. If you decide to self-plan your funeral, here are a few suggestions to help you with the process.

Decide when you would like the memorial service performed. 

Some people prefer to have their service conducted before the cremation or burial. Others prefer to have it performed afterward. Regardless of your preference, be sure to notate it in your funeral arrangement instructions. 

Decide where you would like to have the service.

Some people opt to have their service performed at their home. Others may choose to use the funeral home's chapel or a local church. Still, others may elect to have an outdoor service at a favorite site. If you are trying to minimize costs, keep in mind that the use of a chapel may be an added expense. If you are a member of a local church, you can check with the church administrators to determine whether or not any charge is required for funeral services held in the church sanctuary.

Determine whether you would like to be buried or cremated.

The cost of a cremation is usually much less than that of a traditional burial, since embalming, body preparations and a casket are typically not required. When making your decision, it may be wise to consult your loved ones. If viewing your body during the memorial service is important to them, it may affect your final decision concerning the treatment of your remains after your death.

Determine whether you would like a formal viewing or wake before your memorial service.

When a person dies, some people who would like to pay their respects may not be able to attend the memorial service. However, they may wish to participate in a viewing or wake. Again, keep in mind that the addition of a viewing or wake may add to the expense of your final arrangements. The exact cost can be verified with the funeral home that you choose.

For a complete checklist of the items that you will need to include in your funeral plan, consult with a business like FitzGerald-Sommer Funeral Home.