Preparing for a funeral is something that we all will have to do at some time in our lives and it never gets any easier. When the death is of a close loved one, it is a daunting time. Below is a preparing for funeral checklist to ensure you haven’t forgotten anything or any important details.
First and foremost, if the death has occurred outside of a hospital or nursing home, you need to inform the authorities of the death. Personal information needs to be assembled for the death certificate and obituary, family and friends need to be informed, and the will, if there is one, needs to be located and read. Gathering of photos and memories for the funeral service is important, as is gathering cemetery information. If the deceased has a funeral plan, then you will often find that the cemetery has a plot reserved, etc..
In the case that there is no funeral plan in place, you need to determine who will take care of the finances and the bills for the service. When the deceased is a close family member and their funeral preferences were known to you, the job ahead is a lot simpler. When the death has come suddenly, then the road ahead will be an extremely emotional one, and one that will be a lot easier to follow if you have the help of family and friends as well as a local funeral planner.
Once all authorities have been notified and your family and friends, the next stage is to plan the service. This can include the eulogy, the chosen poems or songs, flowers, music, and much more. If the deceased preferences are known, then these need to be shown to the funeral director and minister who will be carrying out the service.
If you are not sure of any of these details, it is time to sit down with closest family and friends and decide on the details. As well as small details such as what funeral flowers to purchase and what music to play, they may be doubts over the type of service. Unless there is a funeral plan or a will, you may have to make the decision between a burial and cremation or natural burial death.
Using a local funeral home will make life a lot easier when planning for a funeral service. Choosing the right poem and the right music can make the difference between a wonderful send off and a mediocre funeral. It is important that all family members and close friends can be involved in choosing arrangements. Unless all the details of the service are stipulated in the will of the deceased, it is important to let everyone have their say, and make their own contribution to arrangements. A very difficult time for everyone concerned, the whole process will become a lot easier when you have all family and friends together to help each other.