Doesn’t Have to Be Hard
Plan, To Make it Right
Take responsibility for your arrangements & Avoid emotional overspending
Deciding between burial and cremation may be one of the first decisions you’ll make when you consider final arrangements, and it will influence other decisions you’ll make regarding your funeral or memorial service and cemetery property, too.
When planning your own funeral service in advance, think about the way you want to be remembered. Regardless of the service or services you choose to include in your funeral plan, you can personalize them in almost any way imaginable. For example, consider:
- Where should the funeral be held? At your place of worship? At the funeral home?
- Who should officiate the service?
- Will your service adhere to the traditions of your faith or culture?
- Do you want a eulogy, and who should deliver it?
- Would you like an open or closed casket?
- What music should be played?
- What readings would you like to have read?
- Is there a special poem you’d like shared with the guests?
- Are there any special photographs or other memorabilia you would like displayed?
- Should the décor reflect a particular hobby or interest of yours, such as fishing, gardening or music?
- Is there a particular emblem or engraving you want on your headstone or marker?
- Should there be refreshments served or a more elaborate party held after the service?
Celebrate a Life Lived
Burial or Cremation
Regardless of whether you or your loved one have opted for burial or cremation , the funeral or memorial service fills an important role. It can:
- Honor, recognize and celebrate the life of the deceased
- Allow friends and family to say their last good-byes
- Provide closure after the loss of a loved one
- Allow friends to console the family of the loved one
How to Start the Advance Planning Conversation with Your Loved Ones
- Tell your parent or loved one that you want to ensure their final arrangements are done according to their wishes, and you need their help to make that happen