Arranging a Funeral

Arranging a Funeral

A funeral represents a purposeful opportunity to reflect on a life that has been lived, and to honor the memory of that life for family and friends. There is no single proper funeral service. Funerals provide a time for human sharing in its deepest sense. You and your loved ones are at the very center of the process, and the choices you make will determine a funerals significance for you. By participating in the planning of the service, you will help create a meaningful experience for everyone.

Sound decisions are based on good information. We sincerely hope the information provided will satisfy certain questions, stimulate you to ask others, and enable you to make wise choices regarding funeral services.

When Someone Dies

When the death of a relative or friend occurs, it can be a very emotional and confusing time. The following pages explain the process of what happens when someone dies, what you may need to do, and the role we play as funeral directors. This information is designed to help your understanding, and reassure you that we are here to help you every step of the way.


There is a common misunderstanding that a funeral must take place within three days of the death. This is not so and you can take as long as you wish or as much time as you need.

Contact Family

If you are on your own one of your first phone calls should be to a family member or close friend who can be of immediate support. They may be able to come and be with you or contact other family members for you. Their assistance will take some of the immediate pressure off you.