Funeral Home Selection
Funeral planning, also referred to as funeral service planning, is a crucial aspect of planning a loved one’s funeral. The funeral service is one of the last social events of a person’s life. The family and friends that have been closely associated with the deceased since childhood may become understandably frustrated with the funeral planning process. There are a few steps involved in every phase of funeral planning, but it’s important to remember that they all depend on the overall funeral service, so understanding what happens during a funeral will be of assistance to all family and friends in the future.
The first step in any funeral planning involves choosing the location of the funeral home. This decision should not be made lightly. Choosing the wrong location may lead to delays or even financial difficulties for family members, especially if the family lives far from the funeral home. This is why funeral homes are located close to the local community where the deceased lived or worked, so they can respond quickly when family members request information.
The next step in the funeral home selection process is selecting the staff of the funeral home. Funeral homes must have licensed and experienced staff members in order to help with funeral arrangements, but they must also have a sufficient number of volunteers to cover unexpected situations. In addition to having the staff members who are licensed and certified, the funeral home must also have a volunteer clergy, funeral director, funeral assistant, funeral director, or cemetery staff in place as well. The size of the staff depends on the number of attendees and the size of the funeral service. The cost of the funeral service and casket may also affect the size of the staff needed.
The third step involves gathering information regarding the services the funeral home provides for family members. This includes the time and place of the service, the number of seats, the size of the casket, and any other details that are important for the funeral services to have. Many times family members and friends are concerned with the cost of the funeral and do not want to spend more than is necessary on their loved one’s service, so they will ask about these things before the selection process.
Finally, the family member or friend will have to determine what kind of service they would like to have at the funeral home. Often the family members would like to have a memorial service, a viewing or a wake, a viewing of their departed loved one’s remains, or a combination of both. In most cases the funeral home staff will help determine whether or not a service is necessary and if it will be best served in house or have a guest pastor to officiate the service.
Once the service has been scheduled, the service will need to take place after the memorial service. This is usually the first step in any funeral service preparation. Family and friends can expect to be very busy with the funeral arrangements, so it is important to plan ahead for their arrival and exit to make sure everything is ready for them.
After the service, a final step is the memorial service. This is the most important step, and it is often held outside the funeral home, although this can vary depending on the style of the funeral service.
Planning a funeral can be difficult for many people, but it is essential for everyone involved. When everything has been completed, it can be helpful to know that there is someone there to guide them through the emotional rollercoaster that life is known for, which may include a grieving period. Finding the right Funeral Home is crucial to the success of the entire service and may make the difference between a successful and an unsuccessful funeral.