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This is not a time to worry, use the steps on how to plan a funeral.

Preparing for your loved one’s funeral, will give the family and friends time to come together and share memories of the deceased. Arranging a funeral can be a stressful, and emotional process. Using these simple steps to guide you.


1. Finding a funeral home in your local town that can accommodate the number of people attending, is close to the cemetery, and is within the budget allowed is important (Morrow, 2014). Contacting several funeral directors, will get you the best price, the best location, and the best staff, which will help relieve unnecessary stress. You may want to ask family and friends for a referral of a home they used before.


This link will help assist you in locating a funeral home close to your location.


Tributes.com:

http://www.tributes.com/search/funeral_homes



  • The funeral home staff will obtain the death certificates, help with the obituary and submit the obituary to the local newspapers and internet (Morrow, 2014).


  • Make sure to inform the funeral director of any cultural or religious preferences.



2. The family and friends of the deceased will want instructions on the family wishes for flowers and donations (Morrow, 2014). Some welcome flowers being sent and brought to the funeral, and some would rather money donations to help with the expenses. Others may request any donations go to a charity of their choice (Morrow, 2014). This information will be included in the obituary and on the web-site of the deceased.


3. If there are not final wishes put in writing for the deceased, the next step is to decide on the method of disposition of the remains. The options are buying a cemetery plot and a burial casket, buying a space in a vault or monument building. Cremation is a popular option because it is less in cost and the remains can be kept or spread in a sacred place (Morrow, 2014).


4. A funeral is to honor your loved one, so make sure the ceremony is specialized around the deceased (Morrow, 2014). Their favorite places, foods, their accomplishments, life passions, and fun memories can all be included. Happy stories of the deceased will help start the grieving process and allow people to smile and share. Also ask close family and friends to speak at the ceremony, as well as your own priest or pastor.

Important Considerations.

Considering Different Cultures. Funeral rituals can change to reflect the culture of the deceased.

The Economic Factor of a Funeral.

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Expenses of a Funeral.

Funerals can be a major expense when a loved one dies. The costs will include, the use of the “funeral home, equipment, transportation, and the casket or urn,” for your loved one (Leming & Dickinson, 2011). Funeral homes can also supply, the deceased an outfit, sign in books, thank-you cards, and religious items, like crucifixes, rosaries, etc. (Leming & Dickinson, 2011). If money is an issue, purchasing those items yourself will be less expensive.


Another major expense is the cemetery plot, mausoleum space, or an urn after cremation (Leming & Dickinson, 2011). When buying a cemetery plot, buying a headstone, to mark the spot of where the loved one is at rest, is another expense. Cremation is a less expensive way of disposition because there are less items to purchase. There are several miscellaneous items to include as an expense too. The beginning and ending grave process, like digging the hole and covering the casket, and payments to the clergy, musicians, obituary notices, and florists (Leming & Dickinson, 2011). The average funeral will cost over five thousand dollars. Preparing ahead of time can reduce the stress and hardship left for the family to take care of.

References

Beinhauer Funeral Home (2015). Four Things to Consider When Planning a Funeral

Reception. Retrieved from http://www.beinhauer.com/four-things-to-consider-when-planning-a-funeral-reception/


Help Guide (2015). Coping with Grief and Loss: Understanding the Grieving Process. Retrieved from http://www.helpguide.org/articles/grief-loss/coping-with-grief-and-loss.htm


Huang J. (2000). Death: Culture Traditions. Retrieved from http://www.pbs.org/wnet/onourownterms/articles/cultural.html


Leming, M.R., & Dickinson, G.E. (2011). Understanding dying, death, & bereavement (7th ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning.


Morrow A. (2014). How to Plan a Funeral or Memorial Service. Retrieved

from http://dying.about.com/od/funeralsandmemorials/ht/plan_a_funeral.htm


Tributes (2015). Funeral Homes. Retrieved from http://www.tributes.com/search/funeral_homes