When we are overcome with grief from losing a loved one, every task and decision can be very overwhelming. Taking the emotional and financial burden off your loved ones by preplanning your funeral is a great idea. When you die, all your loved ones must do is contact the crematorium or funeral home, or your lawyer to proceed with your funeral arrangements.
Step 1: Select a Crematorium or Funeral Home
Step 2: Decide on the Disposition of Your Body
Before you get too far into your preplanning, you need to decide what will happen to your body. Do you want to be cremated? Do you want a casket?
Step 3: Customize Your Service
With cremation, you can have similar service options like a traditional funeral. You can also have a casket for viewing and the memorial service before you are cremated. Some people even want to have a reception after their service for family and friends to gather, eat, and visit.
Additionally, you can choose from specific types of services, such as a religious service, cultural service, personalized service
Step 4: Select a Location for Your Service
Most crematoriums and funeral homes have rooms where you can hold your service. Otherwise, if you want to hold it in church or another location, you need to make those arrangements now.
Step 5: Select an Officiant
The officiant is the person who will oversee the service and preside over it. They will handle scheduling friends and family that want to speak during the service. For example, for religious services, you will often ask your priest or pastor to be our officiant. Do not worry if you do not have an officiant we can assist your family to find one at the time of need.
Step 6: Choose an Urn or Casket
Depending on the type of service you want, you will need to select an urn for cremated remains or a casket for burial
or to use before you are cremated.
Step 7: Decide Where You Will Be Interned
For cremations, your remains can be given to your family or you can be interned in a vault or cemetery. For traditional funerals, you need to make sure you have a funeral plot or vault plot.
Step 8: Select Music and Flowers
For viewings and your service, you can select what music and flowers you want.
Step 9: Choose a Location for Your Reception
If you want a reception following your service, you should pick the location now. You can often use the crematorium or funeral home for the reception too.
As you can see, there are many decisions to make when preplanning your cremation or funeral service. There are other decisions as well, like writing your obituary, choosing a gravestone, and so on. Your funeral director will review these will you depending on the type of service you select.