Losing a loved one is never easy, nor is having to plan their funeral -- particularly if the death came as a surprise. No one wants to plan a funeral, and many people are surprised by the number of details involved. While the process itself can be stressful, planning a funeral can help a family navigate the mourning process and say goodbye to a lost loved one.
If you are planning a funeral for the first time, here are three things you need to know ahead of time. Hopefully, this will help make this difficult process a little bit easier.
1. Honoring the Deceased's Wishes
Many people stipulate in their will exactly how they want to be laid to rest. They may have a family burial plot at Jefferson Memorial Gardens, or they may prefer their cremated remains to be scattered at a special place. If your family has asked you to plan the funeral, then you will need to make arrangements to carry out their wishes. Keep in mind that religious traditions may be important in these decisions. About 40% of Americans view religion as an integral aspect of a funeral.
In some cases, the deceased left no instructions, which means you will need to make these hard choices yourself. Will you opt for a traditional burial service, or will you choose a simple cremation service? Will you need a funeral home to provide the full service? Do you need a religious figure at the funeral? Fortunately, you don't have to make these choices by yourself. You can lean on your family and local funeral service experts at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home for help making the right decision.
2. Preplan (When a death occurs, this gives you time to be with your family instead of focused on the funeral details)
Set an appointment (1 hour) to learn about your options at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home & Gardens. Just writing down your thoughts, wants and wishes may help you form a plan for a funeral service.
If the death has yet to come but is, unfortunately, a probability in the near future, it's best to start your planning now. While most people believe they must wait until the death has occurred, that's not always the case. Yes, it can be painful to think about your loved one dying, but for their sake as well as yours, start to formulate a plan. Figure out their preference, i.e. burial or cremation, if they want a ceremony, where they might to be buried, if they have anything pre-planned or pre-purchased, and other important pieces of the planning process. That way, when the time comes, you can respect their wishes to the fullest extent.
3. Get Pricing Options
Funerals can be expensive, particularly traditional burial ceremonies. If you and your family don't have a big budget, you can still plan a tasteful and affordable funeral service. We find that many people don't have time or aren't in the right frame of mind to do research when a death has occurred which is why we are here to help you. Take the time to sit down with a family service counselor or funeral director and learn your options. At Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home & Gardens in Trussville, Alabama, we can help you plan a funeral from beginning to burial. Our funeral home and cemetery run as one facility and make it simple, convenient and affordable to have a memorable funeral.
Planning a funeral as you go through the grieving process can be tricky. However, the event itself may help you find closure. Hopefully, these tips make this time a little easier for everyone.