Did you know there are over 55 million deaths every year?
It’s no surprise that during the difficult time of planning for a loved one’s funeral people have many important decisions to make.
Sometimes it can be even more challenging to plan a funeral if your loved one doesn’t live in the same state as you, or you’re away on vacation when your loved one passes.
If you are planning a funeral for your loved one and you’re not in town there are some things you need to know. Keep reading to learn 5 tips that can help.
5 Tips to Plan a Funeral From Out of Town
Before we dive into the tips below it’s important to always keep your loved one’s wishes a priority. You want to start the entire process with their wishes especially if they either have spoken to you about them or left written directives.
1. Report Your Loved One’s Death
The first thing after you find out about your loved one’s passing is to contact the authorities to report the death. To receive a death certificate you have to report the death. The death certificate you will use to settle financial and estate matters and to plan the funeral.
If your loved one was in a nursing home or a hospital you can talk with them to help you with reporting the death. If you’re having trouble reporting the death because you’re long distance you can always dial 911 and go from there.
2. Work with a Funeral Director
In order to complete the death certificate, you will need to find a funeral director you can work with over the phone or through email. Thanks to the internet you can do a search and look up the services that a funeral home offers no matter the distance.
Because you’re working from out of town look a funeral home that can arrange small details such as flowers, and monuments. It’s important to find a funeral home that is willing to work with you over the phone and won’t require you to be there in person for the entire planning phase.
3. Funeral, Memorial, or Graveside?
You will want to choose which type of service is best to honor your loved one. If you know the specifics on what their wishes were, then make sure to follow those wishes. If they didn’t leave written directives or tell you then you will have to make this decision.
A funeral is when there is a service before the body is cremated or buried. A memorial is when the body is first buried or cremated and then you have a service. A graveside is similar to a funeral but it’s done at the actual grave site.
4. Type of Burial
If your loved one is going to be cremated then you will need to choose an urn and a cremation casket. If your loved one is going to be buried then you will need to choose a casket and the type of container that will hold the casket once it’s buried.
Again keep their wishes first if they left any specifics on what to choose. It’s also possible that they already chose and maybe even paid for their casket ahead of time.
5. Choose Transportation
Something that is sometimes overlooked is the transportation for the body from the funeral location to the cemetery. Talk to the funeral director about your options. Funeral homes also have the ability to transport family members to the location for an extra charge. This can make things easier than having multiple cars driving to the cemetery.
While you plan a funeral things can seem overwhelming whether you’re planning from a long distance or locally. It’s important to remember that you have to work through the grieving process and it’s important to seek help if you need it.
It’s sometimes easy to put blinders on and get to work while you forget about yourself. This is why finding the right funeral home that will help alleviate some of the decisions during this difficult time is key.
If you’re planning a funeral in the Pennsylvania area make sure to contact us. We would be honored to help you during this difficult time.