Even if the process of arranging a funeral wasn’t undertaken during an extremely emotional time, having to make so many arrangements in just a few days would still be stressful. To get a grasp on the most important tasks involved in the funeral planning process, continue reading:
Choosing a funeral director
If you live in a small town, then this may be an easy task. If you live in a large city, like Chicago or New York, then you will have several funeral directors to choose from. Find a funeral director that provides all of the services you are looking for and shows care and compassion toward you and your family. Your funeral director will be able to walk you through the legal and health requirements necessary for arranging a funeral.
Deciding on a burial or cremation
This is an important part of the funeral process, and it is a decision that should be made based on the wishes of your loved one or a discussion with those who knew him or her best.
Find your loved one’s address book and contact all friends and family listed. To give the community at large an opportunity to pay their respects, submit an obituary request to the local paper.
Writing a eulogy
A eulogy should come from the heart, and it does not need to be lengthy. Speak with friends and family for their thoughts. You may even want to look to certain websites for inspiration.
Burying items with the deceased
If your loved one was devoutly religious, then it may make sense to bury him or her with the religious book he or she followed. Many people are buried with pieces of jewelry that they regularly donned while living. Think also about your loved one’s favorite hobbies—maybe he or she would have liked to be buried with a deck of playing cards, a golf club and tee, or a treasured trinket.
Pre-planning funerals is also becoming more common. If you wish to spare your loved ones some stress and ensure that your funeral is carried out as you would prefer, then consider pre-planning your funeral. Call Leak & Sons Funeral Homes at (773) 846-6567 to find out more about funeral pre-planning or to start making arrangements for your loved one today.