Eternal Rest Funeral Home

Planning A Funeral

Losing a loved one can be a difficult process, and part of that is figuring out how you're going to handle the funeral. You can plan ahead if you would like and there are two websites you can visit for a little help: http://www.caregiverslibrary.org/portals/0/checklistsandforms_funeralplanningchecklist.pdf

http://nfda.org/planning-a-funeral/preplanning.html


You can see a checklist above and some more information about planning ahead, the checklist can be a useful resource in general for planning a funeral so it will hopefully be helpful. It might be tough to look ahead "but more adults are finding that preplanning a funeral offers great emotional and even financial security for them and their families"(National Funeral Directors Association).

Figuring out the specifics

Do you want a traditional funeral, what is a traditional funeral to you, what are you religious beliefs, what are the wishes of the deceased, there are many questions to be asked in the process of planning a funeral. There are many different options including cremation and burial.

Paying for the funeral

Funerals can end up being fairly expensive but you can hopefully what your looking for at the right price. In 2009, The Federated Funeral Directors (as cited by Lemming & Dickinson, 2011, p. 385) "determined that the average cost for a funeral for an adult in the United States was $6,199.01". So it's important to figure what you need at the funeral and to discuss the way to best get it,

Culture

Depending on where you're from or what you believe in you may expect or what something different from the funeral. For example "Jews try to bury their dead within 24 hours--if possible, without embalming--in a plain, wooden coffin"(Lemming & Dickinson, 2011, p. 357). Definitely consider what you traditions you want to follow and we will try our best to create a funeral that fulfills your wishes.

The importance of a funeral

Coming to terms with a deceased love one is difficult but a funeral can serve a good purpose in the difficult time. By accepting what has has happened "we can begin to withdraw the emotional capital that we have invested in the deceased and seek to create new relationships with the living"(Lemming & Dickinson, 2011, p .379). A funeral is a time to strengthen bonds with the living and truly come to terms with the death of a loved one.

References

Leming, M.R. & Dickinson, G.E. (2011). Understanding Dying, Death, and Bereavement (7th ed., p. 357-385)


National Caregivers Library. Funeral Planning Checklist. Retrieved from http://www.caregiverslibrary.org/portals/0/checklistsandforms_funeralplanningchecklist.pdf


National Funeral Directors Association. Why Preplan?. Retrieved from http://nfda.org/planning-a-funeral/preplanning.html