Comprehensive Funeral Planning Checklist When a family member or other loved one passes, you face a myriad of challenges. These include dealing with grief and the sadness of losing an important person in your life. It also involves the responsibility of planning a funeral and other tasks when a loved one dies. Facing the prospect of planning a funeral can seem overwhelming. However, by following this funeral planning checklist you can make the process of organizing a memorial service for your deceased loved one far easier. Collect Legal and Other Documents The first step that you need to take when planning a funeral for a loved one is to gather legal paperwork and associated documents, including the last will and testament of your loved one. Your loved one may have set forth what he or she desires for a funeral in a will or some other document. In addition, the deceased person may have preplanned his or her funeral, including paying for the expenses associated with a funeral and burial (or cremation) up front. Contact a Funeral Home You need to contact a funeral home directly after your loved one passes on. Funeral homes are set up to receive your call around the clock. The first task of the funeral home will be to transport the remains from the place of death and begin the desired preparation process. The manner of preparation depends in part on desired disposition of the remains following a funeral. In other words, a decision needs to be made about whether a traditional burial, green burial, or cremation will occur. Once the funeral home is selected, you will also need to work with the staff in regard to items like selecting clothing for your loved one. The funeral home will have other issues that you will need to address as well. Select Location for Funeral Next on the checklist is to determine where the funeral service will be held. Again, this is something that the deceased person may have decided while alive. In the alternative, your loved one may have been part of a church, synagogue, mosque, or other religious or spiritual community while alive. This is a natural location for a funeral or memorial service. Decide Who Will Participate in Funeral The next item on the checklist is to select who will be involved in the funeral service. Examples of the participants that need to be selected include: Presider Pall bearers Singers and musicians Readers Eulogists Notify Relatives and Close Friends As best as you can, you need to reach out to family, close friends, and key colleagues of the person who has died. You need to personally advise them of basic information about the funeral. In addition, you need to let those individuals who are desired funeral participants know of this desire. Prepare Obituary An obituary will also need to be prepared. You have a number of options in this regard. You can have a simple death announcement or you can have a more detailed obituary recounting the life of your loved one. The funeral home staff likely can assist you with this task. Prepare Order of Service The order of the funeral service is another task. If the funeral will be at a church or other religious location, the basic elements of how the service will run may already be established. No matter the location of the service, there will be decisions to be made in regard to what happens during the funeral itself. Memorial Cards In many cases, memorial cards are prepared and distributed to funeral service attendees. These cards oftentimes can be obtained and customized through the funeral home. Memorial Register or Guest Book Most funeral services have a memorial register or guest book. Service attendees can sign the book, which creates an important memorial for the family of the deceased individual. The funeral  home typically has memorial registers or guest books from which you can select. Select Flowers Typically, floral arrangements are incorporated into the funeral service. This includes flowers placed around the service venue as well as a spray that may be placed on the casket. The funeral home can assist with selecting suitable flowers for the service. Service Program On a somewhat related note, you will need to make decisions regarding a service program for the funeral. The program includes information about the order of the service and the primary participants in the funeral. Viewing A decision will need to be made as to whether or not a formal viewing will be held. Oftentimes, the viewing is held the day before the service and is conducted at the funeral home itself. In some religions, there is a specific event that occurs in advance of the funeral service. For example, in the Catholic Church, what is known as a Rosary is conducted, typically the afternoon or evening before the funeral. Procession to Gravesite Although not directly related to the funeral service, planning for the burial or other disposition must be undertaken. This includes a determination as to whether or not there will be a formal motorcar profession to the gravesite and burial. If there will be a formal motorcar procession to the burial, a number of tasks need to be undertaken in that regard. Typically, these tasks are coordinated with the funeral home. Post-Service Gathering More often than not, a gathering is had bringing together the friends and family of the deceased loved one. This is yet another activity that is not a part of the funeral service itself, but it is an important element of the overall farewell process in many cases. Thus, a determination needs to be made as to what type of gathering will be held, where it will be conducted, and when it will occur. In the final analysis, planning a funeral service need not be challenging, let alone overwhelming. Provided you keep the process in perspective and follow the steps outlined here, you can turn planning a funeral for a loved one into a truly gratifying experience. You will truly realize that you are undertaking an important process in memorializing and celebrating the life of a family member or other loved one.
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Comprehensive Funeral Planning Checklist When a family member or other loved one passes, you face a myriad of challenges. These include dealing with grief and the sadness of losing an important person in your life. It also involves the responsibility of planning a funeral and other tasks when a loved one dies. Facing the prospect of planning a funeral can seem overwhelming. However, by following this funeral planning checklist you can make the process of organizing a memorial service for your deceased loved one far easier. Collect Legal and Other Documents The first step that you need to take when planning a funeral for a loved one is to gather legal paperwork and associated documents, including the last will and testament of your loved one. Your loved one may have set forth what he or she desires for a funeral in a will or some other document. In addition, the deceased person may have preplanned his or her funeral, including paying for the expenses associated with a funeral and burial (or cremation) up front. Contact a Funeral Home You need to contact a funeral home directly after your loved one passes on. Funeral homes are set up to receive your call around the clock. The first task of the funeral home will be to transport the remains from the place of death and begin the desired preparation process. The manner of preparation depends in part on desired disposition of the remains following a funeral. In other words, a decision needs to be made about whether a traditional burial, green burial, or cremation will occur. Once the funeral home is selected, you will also need to work with the staff in regard to items like selecting clothing for your loved one. The funeral home will have other issues that you will need to address as well. Select Location for Funeral Next on the checklist is to determine where the funeral service will be held. Again, this is something that the deceased person may have decided while alive. In the alternative, your loved one may have been part of a church, synagogue, mosque, or other religious or spiritual community while alive. This is a natural location for a funeral or memorial service. Decide Who Will Participate in Funeral The next item on the checklist is to select who will be involved in the funeral service. Examples of the participants that need to be selected include: Presider Pall bearers Singers and musicians Readers Eulogists Notify Relatives and Close Friends As best as you can, you need to reach out to family, close friends, and key colleagues of the person who has died. You need to personally advise them of basic information about the funeral. In addition, you need to let those individuals who are desired funeral participants know of this desire. Prepare Obituary An obituary will also need to be prepared. You have a number of options in this regard. You can have a simple death announcement or you can have a more detailed obituary recounting the life of your loved one. The funeral home staff likely can assist you with this task. Prepare Order of Service The order of the funeral service is another task. If the funeral will be at a church or other religious location, the basic elements of how the service will run may already be established. No matter the location of the service, there will be decisions to be made in regard to what happens during the funeral itself. Memorial Cards In many cases, memorial cards are prepared and distributed to funeral service attendees. These cards oftentimes can be obtained and customized through the funeral home. Memorial Register or Guest Book Most funeral services have a memorial register or guest book. Service attendees can sign the book, which creates an important memorial for the family of the deceased individual. The funeral  home typically has memorial registers or guest books from which you can select. Select Flowers Typically, floral arrangements are incorporated into the funeral service. This includes flowers placed around the service venue as well as a spray that may be placed on the casket. The funeral home can assist with selecting suitable flowers for the service. Service Program On a somewhat related note, you will need to make decisions regarding a service program for the funeral. The program includes information about the order of the service and the primary participants in the funeral. Viewing A decision will need to be made as to whether or not a formal viewing will be held. Oftentimes, the viewing is held the day before the service and is conducted at the funeral home itself. In some religions, there is a specific event that occurs in advance of the funeral service. For example, in the Catholic Church, what is known as a Rosary is conducted, typically the afternoon or evening before the funeral. Procession to Gravesite Although not directly related to the funeral service, planning for the burial or other disposition must be undertaken. This includes a determination as to whether or not there will be a formal motorcar profession to the gravesite and burial. If there will be a formal motorcar procession to the burial, a number of tasks need to be undertaken in that regard. Typically, these tasks are coordinated with the funeral home. Post-Service Gathering More often than not, a gathering is had bringing together the friends and family of the deceased loved one. This is yet another activity that is not a part of the funeral service itself, but it is an important element of the overall farewell process in many cases. Thus, a determination needs to be made as to what type of gathering will be held, where it will be conducted, and when it will occur. In the final analysis, planning a funeral service need not be challenging, let alone overwhelming. Provided you keep the process in perspective and follow the steps outlined here, you can turn planning a funeral for a loved one into a truly gratifying experience. You will truly realize that you are undertaking an important process in memorializing and celebrating the life of a family member or other loved one.
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