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Funeral Services: Your Options

As the saying goes, 'In the midst of life, we are in death.' Losing a loved one or thinking about planning your own funeral is very going to be a very nice or easy process. However, it is an unavoidable fact of life that at some point we all have to face our own mortality. Last year, after losing my mother and father in close succession and making the arrangements for their funerals and burial, I decided to put some plans in place for my own funeral service so that it is easier for those I leave behind. I have learnt a lot about funerals and I would like to share it here.

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A Few Helpful Tips When Making Funeral Arrangements

Dealing with the death of a friend or loved one is not easy, but funeral arrangements will typically need to be made at this time, and usually very soon after that death. If you've been charged with the task of making funeral arrangements for anyone, note a few helpful tips that can get you through this process, and ensure it's as painless as possible for you and everyone involved. 

Work with a funeral director

Even if you want to have the funeral in a church and not a funeral home, a funeral director can help you with many details of those arrangements. They can coordinate plans between the church and the cemetery, write up an obituary for newspapers and other such outlets, and work with the priest or other such official to ensure all details regarding the deceased are accurate. This can alleviate much of the burden on you, and ensure the entire funeral is conducted properly, with nothing overlooked.

Consider a memorial

If the idea of a very formal funeral seems unappealing to you, remember that you can always have a memorial service instead. These are usually conducted without the body of the deceased, even after cremation or burial. A memorial service can be held at a funeral home but can also be held at the graveside, in a public park or anywhere else that would be comfortable for attendees.

You can have anyone conduct a memorial service, and even invite attendees to share their thoughts and memories of the deceased, read poems, play songs, plant flowers or trees or do anything else that feels more comfortable than a formal funeral service. A funeral director can also assist with these plans, even if you don't want to have the event in a funeral home.

Consider hiring professional transportation

Consider hiring professional transportation, such as a car service or bus, for yourself and everyone else who is attending. It's easy to assume you'll just drive yourself to the funeral home or elsewhere. However, hiring a car can ensure that everyone's transportation needs are taken care of, including those who are uncomfortable with driving or who have unreliable transportation. A professional car service can work with you to devise the best route for a funeral procession, decide on the time when you should leave your home to ensure you arrive on time, and also allow family members to stay together in a car or bus, making the event easier on everyone.