Nobody wants to cause any more distress to their family than necessary when they die. However, planning a funeral for a loved one can be very stressful, especially if the person planning the funeral doesn't know the wishes of the person who passed a way. Setting up pre-arranged funerals can help limit the stress on family members, especially if you also set aside the money to pay for the funeral of your dreams.
- Research funeral homes to find a reputable home with reasonable fees near where you live.
- Decide whether you want to be buried or cremated and choose the type of casket you'd like or what you'd like done with your ashes, i.e. choose an urn or provide instructions for where you'd like your ashes buried or spread.
- If you'd like to be buried, choose a cemetery and people to be pallbearers.
- Choose the type of service you would like. Do you want a viewing or just the funeral service? Will there be a graveside service? Will the casket be open, if this is possible, or closed?
- Pick the scripture and music for the funeral, as well as who you'd like to play the music, who should officiate at the funeral and who should do the readings.
- Decide which type of floral arrangement you'd prefer, as well as which register for people to sign and a picture to be displayed at the service.
- If you're being buried, choose an outfit to be buried in.
- You may also want to describe what you'd like for a reception after the funeral.
Once you've figured out what you want for your funeral, you can create a document for your loved ones to explain this to them. Many funeral homes will also let you make plans with them and leave the plans on file until they're needed. Make sure your relatives know where to find the information.
To cover the costs of the funeral, you can set aside money in an account to be payable on your death that can be used to pay for everything you've planned. This way, you can plan a funeral as inexpensive or elaborate as you want without worrying how your family will pay for it. The funeral home will be able to provide you with the potential costs for the funeral you're planning. It's also possible to pre-pay your funeral with the funeral home, but this can sometimes backfire, as the funeral home could go out of business or get sold.
Contact a funeral director with a funeral home like Ryan-Parke Funeral Home to learn all of the steps that need to be taken to ensure your funeral is set up in the way you desire.