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Advice for Organizing a Funeral

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Are you in charge of organizing a funeral for a deceased loved one? Already feeling out of your depth and overwhelmed? If yes, then the below guide is exactly what you need.

At a time when you are grieving the loss of a loved one, arranging a funeral is probably the last thing you feel like doing, but it can be very cathartic. Read on to discover how you can organize the funeral your loved one deserves, whatever your budget.

Choose a Funeral Director

Choosing a funeral director is an important decision you will need to make when it comes to organizing a funeral and can mean the difference between a stress-free process and one that is fraught with worry.

If you do not have a local funeral director that your family has used before, it can be a good idea to ask family and friends for recommendations. Alternatively, if you would prefer to organize the funeral yourself, there are several online resources that can help you with this.

Pick the Ceremony

You can choose between a religious and non-religious ceremony depending on whether your loved one had a strong faith or they were an atheist. If your loved one wants a religious service, then you need to arrange a ceremony led by a faith leader from their chosen religion.

However, if they are not religious, you can look for a different type of celebrant to help say goodbye.

Burial or Cremation

You may already know whether the deceased wanted a burial or cremation or, if their death was sudden, you might need to make this decision for them. Typically, burials are more expensive than cremations, but your appointed funeral director can give you all the relevant options and their associated costs.

Direct cremations are becoming increasingly popular, especially with families on a strict budget or those who would prefer to say goodbye in private. If cremation is what you are planning, you may also want to browse memorial urns at commemorativecremation.com.

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Produce an Order of Service

Although not essential, an order of service can help to bring together a funeral and provides a keepsake for attendees to help them remember the deceased. They are also beneficial if you are planning to sing hymns at the service.

You can either choose to produce the order of service yourself, or you can ask your funeral director to do this for you for a small fee.

Write the Eulogy

A eulogy is essentially the story of someone’s life and offers a lovely way to both celebrate your loved one’s life and say goodbye. That being said, a full eulogy is not a compulsory part of a funeral, and you may prefer to ask friends and family members to each read out their own tributes to the deceased.

Alternatively, if you do not feel up to writing something yourself, your minister or celebrant can do this for you.

Arrange the Wake

Of course, there is no requirement to have a wake following a funeral. However, many people embrace this opportunity to celebrate their loved one’s life with everyone that knew and loved them.

You can choose to hold a wake in a restaurant or bar or, if you have the space, you may prefer to have it at your home.

Whether or not you choose to provide food and drinks is completely up to you and will likely be dependent on your budget. Do not put yourself in debt just because you feel obliged to cater to everyone.

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Flowers or Donations?

This is down to personal preference, with some people feeling the need to have floral tributes at a funeral. However, if you would prefer to ask people for donations to a particular charity or cause, perhaps one that supported your loved one in their final days, you could set up an online donation page.

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