What To Expect When You Arrange A Funeral

Posted by: Erin Ward in Funeral Advice | July 9, 2021

Did you know that in the 48 hours following a loved one’s passing, you could make up to 70 decisions during the funeral arrangement process? Anyone who has ever had to arrange a funeral can attest to the fact that there are many decisions to make and limited time available.


After experiencing this, many people are more drawn to the idea of preplanning the funeral. Besides the fact that you are relieving your loved ones of this task. You also don’t feel the pressure of time and a limited window to make your decisions. When you preplan a funeral service, you can spend time thinking about what you would like to include in your service. When you’re ready, you can schedule a time to meet with a funeral director and finalize your arrangements.


You might find yourself wondering what to expect during the funeral arrangement meeting. Rest assured, it is a relaxed atmosphere as you work with caring and dedicated funeral professionals. Whether you are preplanning a funeral or in immediate need, the process is quite similar.


Below we’ve broken down the arrangement process for you. It is our hope that by better understanding the process, you’ll know what to expect during the meeting and be able to best prepare yourself.


Who’s the Decision Maker?


If you are making the arrangements for a loved one, your family might have two or three people attend the arrangement meeting. Before you arrive at the funeral home, it’s a good idea to decide who will make the final decision. Understandably, different family members will want to have their say and offer input. In order to save yourself from stress and frustration, it’s best to decide ahead of time who will have the final say. In most cases, the executor or legal next of kin will have this responsibility.


If you are preplanning your funeral arrangements then obviously you will be the decision maker. At the same time, we recommended talking it over with your family as well. Remember, a funeral service is not just about celebrating your life, it’s also about helping your family mourn and begin to heal.


Burial or Cremation?


Before you head into the arrangement meeting, make sure you take some time to think about the type of service you want to plan. When it comes to caring for the remains, you must decide between having the remains cremated or buried. Once you know the method of disposition, you can start to make arrangements for the type of service.


If your loved one left a will, make sure to consult it as they may have expressed their wishes in it. If not, your family will have to come to a consensus. No matter what method of disposition you select, you can still plan a funeral service to go along with it. A common misconception is that you can only have a funeral with a burial service or a celebration of life with cremation. This is simply not true and we would be more than willing to help you arrange the service you desire.


Before you head to the meeting, start to think about the type of service you want and how the remains will be cared for. From there, our funeral home staff will work with you to make arrangements that accommodate your family’s needs and budget.


Establish A Budget and Understand the Cost Breakdown


No matter what type of service you desire, it’s important to first establish a budget. Understanding how much you can afford to spend will be beneficial as you start to make selections.


It’s also important to understand the cost breakdown as well. Funeral homes are legally required to provide you with a detailed price list so that consumers understand where their money is going. When you meet with one of our funeral directors, don’t hesitate to ask for pricing clarifications. We would be more than willing to help explain the price breakdown to you.


Merchandise Selections


An important part of the arrangement process is selecting funeral merchandise. From caskets or urns to flowers and catering, you’ll need to decide upon different types of merchandise. Take some time to think about the types of items you want to include in your service. Your funeral director will gladly discuss the different products available and be there to help you make informed and educated decisions.


Originally published by Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home

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