Planning a funeral is a stressful experience, and in the midst of coping with a loved one’s loss it can be easy to overlook certain details. If you are in the process of planning a funeral or memorial service for a loved one, read this article to ensure that you take care of these important but often overlooked details:
Decorative and symbolic, flowers are an essential part of any memorial service. Since a memorial service is intended to honor the memory of a loved one, that individual’s favorite type of flower should always be considered when making floral arrangements. In the event that your loved one did not have a favorite flower, you may want to order chrysanthemums, lilies, or roses.
Most guests to your loved one’s funeral will arrive with or send flowers, unless they are asked to do otherwise. If you think that the flowers you have arranged to have at the memorial service will suffice, you can request instead that your guests offer a donation to help defray funeral and burial costs or to a charitable cause close to your loved one’s heart.
A funeral or memorial program gives those in attendance a keepsake by which to remember the deceased. Many funeral homes have templates that you can choose from, but you can choose to make the program as elaborate and as personalized as you would like. Consider incorporating religious scripture, a poem, song lyrics, or a quotation that will remind those in attendance of your loved one.
After a funeral service is held, the body of the deceased is typically transported to the cemetery in which it is to be buried. Regardless of whether the body is to be buried immediately following the memorial as part of the funeral service or is to be buried in another city or state, a funeral director can help you make transportation arrangements for your loved one’s body.
Are you a Chicago resident who is looking for a full-service funeral home that is staffed by professionals who can ensure that not even the tiniest detail is overlooked when planning your loved one’s memorial service? At Leak & Sons Funeral Homes, our caregivers are available to help you make all necessary funeral and memorial service arrangements, minimizing the stress you experience during this difficult time.