Tips for Planning a Funeral


If you are planning a funeral, you will want to make it a pleasant service that will touch the hearts of your guests and that will help everyone remember all of the good things about the lovely person who you have just lost. To help with that, you will want to consider using the following tips.

Set up Some Picture Boards

These will be large boards that you will place a lot of pictures of the deceased on. Some of the photos might be photos of just your deceased loved one; others can be photos of them taken with friends and family. This will help others reminisce about all of the good times that they had with the deceased and the things that they were involved in, such as sports or charities. It can help spark up memories that lead to conversations with others who came to pay their final respects. It can also help put a smile on the faces of some of your guests.

Don't be Afraid to Express a Range of Emotions

It is not uncommon to find yourself laughing at a funny story one minute and then crying the next. You and many of your guests may find yourselves experiencing a range of emotions—and it is okay to show that. It is okay to feel everything that you are feeling. The funeral is one of the places that can cause you to have extra feelings that you might have been trying to cover up for a few days. Plan to have a variety of emotions so it does not take you by surprise and plan to see many of your friends and family to experience the same. Since you will be planning for this, you will want to make sure that there are plenty of boxes of tissue paper around the viewing room so people have something to use for wiping their tears.

Have a Dinner Afterwards

This is something that you can invite everyone to or you can keep it limited to the close friends and family of the dearly departed. You can have it a nearby restaurant or in your own home. You can also have a full dinner or keep it simple with appetizers and a few different refreshments. This can allow people to reflect some more on the life of the deceased and to talk about how nice the funeral service was. It can also provide people with a chance to wind down from any high emotions that they might have experienced at the funeral and burial before they head back to their own homes.

With those tips in mind, you should find that you are going to be prepared for the upcoming funeral. For other questions, it's best to reach out to a local funeral home, such as Ryan-Parke Funeral Home.


9 October 2018

Decorating a Funeral Venue

My beloved paternal grandmother passed away almost 4 years ago. Before her death, this special woman suffered many months due to a fatal lung disease. After her passing, her large extended family wanted to celebrate her unique life with an elaborate funeral service. They chose to work with the funeral home staff to decorate the funeral venue with things she loved. Because she enjoyed fishing, a large floral arrangement in the shape of a fish was purchased. Also, the family bought a floral cross to illustrate her devotion to her faith. On this blog, you will discover how to work with a funeral home staff on decorations at the funeral service venue.