Family and friends getting together to honour a loved one's life is one of the most important steps in the grieving and healing process.
Decisions need to be made about the location, type of ceremony, the choice of casket or urn and who the pallbearers should be. Another decision to make is who will be officiating the service.
Whatever you choose, some sort of service is expected from family and friends of the deceased.
Here is an overview of the steps you should follow to plan a funeral or memorial service:
1. Making Arrangement for the Service
a) Choose a Funeral Director
b) Give the funeral director the deceased's information
c) Decide which type of funeral to choose
d) Make arrangements for payment
e) Aquire a death certificate
2. Orchestrating the Funeral
a) Place a death notice in the newspaper and/or online
b) Contact and notify people close to the deceased
c) Select flowers for the funeral
d) Arrange for transportation
3. Emotionally Preparing Yourself and Others for a Funeral
a) Express your emotions as much as you need to
b) Reach out to your support network for comfort
A funeral director will guide you through all these steps, using your wants, needs and desires as a foundation to create a memorable funeral for your loved one. From here the funeral services can be personalized. What was their favourite type of music? What activity was your loved one known best for? Recalling fond memories assists with the grieving process and will help honour the life of your loved one.