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… read more Funeral Home Selection
When someone you love has just died, there are a number of responsibilities that require your immediate attention. Your first priority, naturally, will be to comfort those most affected by the death. Then when you are able to focus your attention to making arrangements, the first calls should be to the funeral home and clergy person preferred by the family.
A Celebration of Life service is a non-traditional ceremony wherein a deceased person’s life and legacy is commemorated. The goal of these gatherings is to put more emphasis on honoring the memory of the deceased instead of mourning their death. Guests attending these events take this time to talk about the memories they had with the person who died. Compared to the more somber and traditional funeral services, Celebration of Life gatherings is more cheerful and optimistic. It is typically held right after the burial or cremation and, depending on the budget and the personality of the deceased, can either be small and intimate or grand. Due to its non-traditional nature, Celebration of Life services are not typically held inside a church or a funeral home but rather at outdoor gardens, rented halls, or even at a close family member’s home. Some services can also be held at specific places which bears significance to the deceased. Unlike traditional funerals, there are no set rules in planning a Celebration of Life service. Unless if your loved one left specific instructions, what you include in your service is completely up to you. You can choose whatever theme you see fit for the occasion. You also have the option to either hire a religious officer to preside the event or you can do it yourself. As previously mentioned, there are no set rules in planning the service, but to give you an idea, here’s what a typical Celebration of Life service includes: Speakers: This includes the host. They can talk about the deceased person’s personality and the fond memories they shared together. Music: Live or digital music is acceptable and usually it is a genre that the deceased person enjoyed. Refreshments: Depending on the venue of the service, guests can enjoy light snacks or catered meals. Mementos: Scrapbooks, photo albums, videos and personal items of the deceased are usually presented on memory tables and display boards. Memorial Booklet: A simple brochure or pamphlet outlining the Celebration of Life service that is given to the guests. These can easily be made by… read more Planning a Celebration of Life Service
Coping with death of a loved one is a difficult process. Although you need time and space to handle your emotions, gather your thoughts, and say goodbye, the demands that come with that process come at you from all angles. We hope this guide will help you understand this process.