Overwhelmed, confused, grieving, these are the emotions one faces at the death of a close one. And amongst all these feelings, the stress of planning a funeral can be terrifying. The smallest of decisions may feel like a huge deal and time may feel like it’s never passing. For this reason, it’s always better to be ahead of time and have adequate knowledge on planning out a funeral and a few pre-planned details in case of an emergency.
It’s vital to know what’s involved in a funeral, the process of removal of the deceased from the place of death, the transportation to the funeral site, and then to the burial or cremation location. The embalming process, viewing and visiting the body, floral and casket arrangements, etc. All of this needs to be taken care of and kept in mind while organizing the funeral.
Most importantly, it’s crucial to know what type of funeral you will require. There are a number of funeral types ranging from direct burial, direct cremation, memorial service, traditional funeral services, etc. Depending on the type of service you require, you can plan out all other details.
Following this, the family has to decide who their funeral director is and if they will require one. They help to make sure the arrangements are done properly while also making sure that the deceased is taken care of and honoured with respect and dignity throughout the funeral.
Once this is done, the family needs to make a decision on the scale of the funeral. It depends on each family as to how they want to commemorate the journey of their loved ones. It can either be a simple funeral ceremony or a large-scale one with many invitees who wish to join in the ceremony and pay their respect to the deceased.
One main factor to keep in mind while preparing the plan for the funeral is the cost. You need a budget outlay which shows how much you can spend on the funeral service, and all other arrangements such as floral decor, refreshments, transportation, casket, and other accessories.
Once you have a budget prepared, it makes it easier to choose the best options that meet your requirements and also helps you to organize the perfect funeral for your loved one. You can make an effective budget by working out the costs that will be incurred such as the doctor’s fee, directors fee, coffin cost, etc. This helps you decide on what is essential and allows you to cut down on unnecessary expenditure.
This is a very crucial step as many people might get overwhelmed during the entire tragedy of losing their loved ones and spend blindly and not keep in mind the availability of funds for future use. This may put a financial strain on the family while they still cope with the loss, causing stress, anxiety, and pressure to work while grieving in order to finance the day-to-day expenses.
In recent years, as much as the cost of living is rapidly rising; you would be surprised to know; that the cost of a funeral has also doubled! So much that statistics show 1 in 8 families go into debt trying to settle the bill of a funeral.