Are you struggling to plan a funeral for a loved one?
Planning a funeral is never easy, but it’s an opportunity to celebrate the life of a lost loved one. It’s crucial that you stay organized throughout the process because funeral planning can be a long, emotional and exhausting process.
Keep reading to learn more about planning a funeral and some tips that might make the process a little easier for you.
Six Steps to Planning a Great Funeral
No one wants to plan a funeral, but try to look at the experience in a positive light. A funeral should be a celebration and a chance to highlight everything you loved about your friend or family member who has passed.
If you’ve recently lost a loved one and aren’t sure where to start planning a funeral, here are six steps you should take right now.
1. Decide on Burial or Cremation
Hopefully, your loved one left a will, where they detailed their final wishes and decided whether they wanted to be buried or cremated. If not, you’ll need to make this decision for them. This decision could dictate where you have the funeral and other details, so you should figure this element out first.
2. Handle The Details
The first thing you’ll need to do when planning a funeral is to figure out the details. You need to decide where you want to host the funeral, who is going to be invited and what type of funeral you wish to have.
Will there be a religious service? Will the body be on display? These are all the details you’ll need to figure out.
3. Add Personal Touches
A funeral should be as personal as possible, so don’t leave out the personal touches that you know your loved one would have enjoyed. Some ideas include dressing in their favorite color, serving their favorite food, playing their favorite music and displaying as many photos as possible.
4. Set a Budget Beforehand
The average funeral costs between $7,00-$9,000, but it could be less (or a lot more) than that depending on your personal choices. Make sure you set a budget before booking any vendors, so you’ll know how much you can afford.
5. Contact Your Service Providers
You’ll need to book a lot of different vendors for a funeral, so make sure you create a checklist and begin planning as soon as possible. A lot of vendors book out weeks or months in advance, so you may need to schedule the funeral accordingly.
6. Ask For Help
Again, planning a funeral is an emotionally stressful process. Even if your loved one asked you to plan their funeral, don’t be afraid to ask for help from your friends or family, or even seek out professional funeral planning services.
If you’re struggling, we have some resources available to help you deal with grief.
Learn More About The Process of Planning a Funeral
Planning a funeral is difficult, but we’re here to help. If you’re planning a funeral in Southeast Pennsylvania, Delaware or Maryland contact us today to start the process.
We’ll help you with every step of the funeral planning process, from cremation to financing. You can also check out our additional resources if you still have questions about the process.