Eternal Rest Funeral Home

Ronda Harnishfeger-Owner, Director

Planning A Funeral

Planning a funeral can be challenging because it can involve a large number of details. Eternal Rest Funeral Home is here to assist you and make the process as easy as possible. We offer help with all aspects of funeral services from start to finish, including choosing a casket, burial options, cremation, headstones, urns, burial plots, flower arrangements, etc. We also offer grief support and counseling to our clients to help them in their time of need. Our staff is available to answer any questions and address any concerns that you may have.
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Individual Factors and Challenges When Planning a Funeral

In most cases, people do not preplan their funeral arrangements in advance. Pre-planning your own arrangements can relieve a lot of the stress on your family members in the event of your death. One of the keys to effective funeral planning is open communication. Letting your family know what your wishes are in terms of burial, cremation, and the type of service you would like can ensure that your final wishes are met ("How To Plan A Funeral," n.d.). This will also relieve your family from the stress of guessing what you would have wanted, and reduce the potential for any disagreements. Writing your wishes in your Will is also a good idea to consider. There are many details that go into planning a funeral. Our staff at Eternal Rest Funeral Home can help you through the decision making process. We are also here to answer questions and address any concerns you might have about end of life decisions.

Family Factors and Challenges When Planning a Funeral

Planning a funeral after the death of a loved one can be a very stressful time. There are many details involved, and we are here to help make the process as easy as possible during this difficult time. Trying to plan for exactly what our loved one would have wanted is often extremely difficult, considering that there are so many different options involved. The first thing to consider is whether your loved one will be cremated or buried. You will then need to decide what type of service will be held, the location, and who you would like to officiate or speak at the service. You will also need to decide whether you want to hold a viewing or visitation before the service, and whether it will be public or private. We can help you to choose a casket or urn, and a burial plot for your loved one, depending on your particular wishes. Religious or spiritual beliefs, family traditions, and personal preferences will most likely factor into your decision making ("How To Plan A Funeral," n.d.). Other details that need to be considered for the funeral service are flower arrangements, music, flyers, guest book, etc. Another thing to consider is whether you want to hold a post-funeral gathering with family and friends. We can help with planning this as well if you choose to hold a gathering at the funeral home. Our staff at Eternal Rest Funeral Home is here to help you in whatever way possible in your time of need. We are here to answer any questions and address any concerns you might have when it comes to planning a funeral.
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Cultural Factors and Challenges When Planning a Funeral

The death of a loved one is a very difficult time. Because of the emotional nature of death, every culture has customs and traditions that are designed to help family and friends work through their grief. Our staff here at Eternal Rest Funeral Home understands that it is important to be sensitive to cultural and religious beliefs when making funeral arrangements. There are three things that are common in every culture and religion. There is a ritual or ceremony associated with the funeral, the deceased is placed or handled in a specific, often sacred way, and there is some sort of memorial ritual involved ("Cultural Aspects of Funerals," n.d.). Our dedicated staff is more than happy to assist families from all cultural backgrounds and religions with their end of life ceremonial and memorial needs. We offer a wide variety of options to meet the religious and cultural traditions of families. Our staff is here to make this process less difficult during your time of need. We are more than happy to work with any family to carry out your loved one's wishes, whether Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, etc. We understand that cultural traditions often require specific rituals, chanting, singing, praying, music, readings, burning of incense or lighting candles, and we are more than happy to work with you to include your specific customs and traditions. We are happy to answer any questions that you might have regarding our services.

Economic Factors and Challenges When Planning a Funeral

We understand that planning a funeral can be very expensive. Our goal is to ensure that the specific wishes and needs of every family are met. We have different options and pricing plans available to meet the economic needs of all our customers, and we will work with you to make sure that you stay within your budget. When you add up the costs of purchasing a casket, cremation, funeral services, flowers, a burial plot and headstone, and several other miscellaneous items, it can get very expensive. The average cost of a funeral is around $7,000, and this does not typically include a burial plot, cremation, and other extra services (Leming & Dickinson, 2016). Caskets are usually the most expensive item, and we have many options available to meet your specific needs and reduce costs. To make things easier, we will provide you and your family with an itemized price list so you can compare costs and choose the specific services you want. Our staff is available to assist our clients in making sure their specific needs are met. Remember that there are many different options to choose from, and we are more than happy to answer any questions that you might have about pricing and reducing overall costs.
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References

Cultural aspects of funerals. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mywayforward.com.remembering/funeral_services/cultural_aspects_of_funerals/


How to plan a funeral for yourself or someone else.
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Leming, M. R. & Dickinson, G. E. (2016). Understanding dying, death, and bereavement (8th ed.). Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning.

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