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The Truth About Funeral Arrangments

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Funeral Preparations for the Individual

Choosing to take part in your funeral planning can help you make your own choices about the way in which your funeral is arranged. Pre-planning permits you to choose items such as the casket in which you will lay, the ground in which you will be buried, and even the outfit in which you will where. The hidden benefit is alleviating stress from loved ones during a very emotional period. When pre-planning it is important to determine if you want to be buried, placed in a vault, or cremated. Once you have determined the arrangement you wish to have, it is wise to put your plans in writing so that family members can carry them out.

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Honoring Family

A funeral is a valuable part in the process of grieving. Family members view the funeral as an opportunity to enjoy special memories, grieve with others, and celebrate a wonderful life. Because of the impact a funeral has on surviving family members, Pre-arranging a funeral allows decisions to be made calmly and collectively. “Involving those most affected by your death can bring peace of mind and relief to those who will have to carry out your wishes. More importantly, knowing your wishes and carrying them out can bring great comfort to surviving family members and friends” (Library - 10 Things Everyone Should Know About Planning a Funeral or Cremation Service - Dignity Memorial, para. 12).

Funeral Expenses

Funeral expenses can be broken down into three main categories. the services and merchandise provided by the funeral home, the costs and services to dispose of the body or cremains (i.e. ashes) at the cemetery or elsewhere, and the cost to purchase and install some type of memorial (i.e. headstone, marker, monument) (M., 2016). It is common in today’s age to pre-pay for funeral expenses to lift the burden from family members.

Upholding Cultural Rituals

Cultural traditions often require specific ritual chanting, singing of particular songs, praying, music, readings, burning incense or lighting candles (Botts, 2016). Many cultures wear black to show respect to their loved one, but members of some cultures wear white as part of their funeral traditions. Some customs dictate that the family of the deceased be present at a burial ceremony, while others request that family not be present for this.