When a loved one dies unexpectedly, the pain of loss cannot be explained with words. Everything becomes harder especially when making arrangements for the funeral. This becomes exceptionally difficult if there are no pre-planned funeral services. How do you make arrangements for a funeral? Here are suggestions that you can follow on arranging a funeral without pre-planning. This guide aims to help you in making wise decisions even while grieving.
1. Call for Transport Arrangements
When the deceased is still in that place where he or she died, a call must be made to arrange for physical transport. If you are going to make that call for transport to a funeral home, you should be the family member who has the authority to do that. This is an important call to make because to call a funeral home for transport arrangements usually means that you have decided to hire their services. If you decide to hire a different funeral home, then there would be a transportation fee that you have to pay to the one you called first.
Remember to call other family members who need to be informed as well.
2. Arranging the Funeral Services
There are many decisions to be made when arranging for a funeral. Decision-making will involve big, small and even the minutest detail like who is going to be in-charge of shining the shoes. To make planning easier, funeral homes have funeral staff (under the guidance of the funeral director) who will you assist in all planning stages. The services that they will arrange will be in accordance to your preferences. They will also assist you in deciding on the method of final rest. The options will be tomb, burial, cremation or if you’d rather donate the body (or just parts of the body) for medical research.
You will be asked as to what kind of ceremonies you’d like. There are various types of ceremonies that you can choose from. The most popular nowadays is the personalized type. This is the kind of program that is tailor-fitted to suit the personality of the deceased. The funeral director and the staff will guide you in all aspects including pallbearer questions, music and other very tiny details that will hold special meaning to the ceremony.
3. Arranging for the Final Resting Place
The place for the final rest, if not pre-arranged, will also be one of the things that you have to settle. Consensus of the family members has to be obtained on deciding for burial plot, entombment or cremation. The funeral director will explain the differences of each. They will also discuss the benefits of each choice. If the family has come up with a choice, all that has to be done is to make the purchase of the cemetery lot or a columbarium.
There is a price factor that has to be considered in making your choice. Just make sure that the choice is a balance between family wishes and budget.
4. Deciding on Products for Funeral Services
The funeral home handling the service will ask for your decisions on the kind of casket you want to purchase. If the family decided on a burial plot, you also have to purchase a casket liner. In entombment, this does not require a liner. If columbarium is the chosen resting place, then note that there is a number of urn options to choose from. A grave marker is the final piece that you have to decide on. The funeral home will also guide you and give you choices on the design and engraved message.
Making arrangements for funeral services is difficult if not planned ahead. The decision-making compounded by grief is what makes planning for the funeral painful; but the funeral is an important part of the grieving process. This is a step to let mourners face the reality of death. For those left behind, it is also the start of a new life filled with meaningful memories of the loved one who passed away.
Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel and Crematory has been serving the needs of Knoxville families since 1948.