Eternal Rest Funeral Home

A guide on how to prepare for a funeral

How to plan a funeral

There are many factors involved in planning a funeral, whether it be for your own or for a loved one. To help guide you through this difficult time, Eternal Rest Funeral Home has created a newsletter to give you the basics on the process of putting together this end of life celebration.

Factors included in planning for a funeral

Individual

Planning your own funeral can be tough, but here are some key items to consider:
  • This can bring peace of mind to your family
  • The type of funeral you would like to have (funeral, graveside, burial, cremation)
  • If you want any other funeral events (viewing, visitation, etc.)
  • Personal touches at your service (readings, songs, etc.)
  • People running the funeral (pallbearers, reading eulogies, etc.)
(Checklist: Pre-Planning Your Funeral or Memorial Service, n.d.)

There will be challenges to planning your funeral:
  • Getting everything organized
  • Thinking about cost
  • Thinking about what is best for the family


"Checklist: Pre-Planning Your Funeral or Memorial Service" (n.d.) Ever Plans. Retrieved from https://www.everplans.com/articles/checklist-pre-planning-your-funeral-or-memorial-service

Family

Here are some items to consider when planning a family member's funeral:
  • Transportation to the funeral home
  • The type of funeral they would want (funeral, graveside, burial, cremation)
  • If they want other funeral events (viewing, visitation, etc.)
  • Personal touches (readings, songs, etc.)
  • People running the funeral (pallbearers, reading eulogies, etc.)
(Checklist: Pre-Planning Your Funeral or Memorial Service, n.d.)

There will be challenges to planning a funeral for a loved one:
  • Deciding on what the family member would have wanted
  • Making sure that everyone is invited
  • Making rational decisions in a timely manner
  • Disagreements between family members
(Key Funeral Planning Considerations and Challenges, 2015)

"Key Funeral Planning Considerations and Challenges" (2015). Funeral Resources. Retrieved from https://funeralresources.com/plan-a-funeral/funeral-planning-challenges/

Culture

It is very important to keep in mind the culture of the deceased person
  • Understand their religious background
  • Know what their cultures practices in terms of funerals
  • Inform funeral goers what is going on during the event

There will be challenges to understanding the loved one's culture
  • Know that not everyone attending the funeral will have the same cultural or religious background

Economics

There are many factors involved when it comes to costs of a funeral:
  • Funeral director's services
  • Transportation to the funeral home
  • Casket cost
  • Using the funeral home
  • Digging the grave
  • Grave liner cost
  • Headstone
  • Obituary
  • Embalming
(Funeral Costs: How much does an average funeral cost? 2015)


"Funeral Costs: How much does an average funeral cost?" (2015). Funeral-Tips. Retrieved from http://funeral-tips.com/funeral-costs-how-much-does-an-average-funeral-cost/


There can be challenges when paying for a funeral:

  • Paying for funerals up front
  • Having enough money for what the loved one would have wanted
  • Splitting costs between family members

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