4 Tips For Planning A Funeral
Conducting funeral services is one of the most important forms of ceremonies people perform. Even if you're working with a funeral services provider, it's a good idea to prepare for some of the basics of the process. These four pointers will help you handle funeral services in an orderly and thoughtful manner:
Venue and Space
Where a funeral will be held is as important as the service itself. It's wise to figure out early on how many folks will be in attendance. When dealing with a small service, you may want to ask for an appropriately sized room for the funeral services. Similarly, those preparing to receive a large number of guests should seek a location and space that will accommodate those guests and some surplus, too.
As you think about the required space, try to factor in other issues. For example, services with large flower arrangements will require more space to ensure every display has a fair amount of room.
It's prudent to be as upfront as possible with the funeral planning professionals you'll be working with about religious requirements. Most businesses can accommodate a range of traditions, but you may also want to consult with an official from the religious tradition of the deceased to make sure you get everything right. You should talk with family members and friends as well, to learn what the departed would have wanted -- particularly if they didn't leave instructions.
If the departed served in the military, they may be entitled to honors. Most offices for the National Guard or the Veterans' Administration will be able to put you in touch with an official who can tell you what honors are available. They can also assist you in making arrangements for honors to be presented.
There are legal requirements for handling the remains, and the funeral services provider will need documentation. The county register where the individual passed should be able to supply a death certificate to a family member. Depending on the rules where the services will be held, you might also have to acquire a transportation permit from the county. Make copies and provide the originals to the venue's operator or whoever will be conducting the services.
Make sure everything is signed for, too. If someone will be taking possession of the remains, such as what happens after a cremation, you should also get a receipt.