How To Plan A Funeral


Death is such a grim topic that most people shy from talking about it. However, when a loved one dies, the stress and grief felt by loved ones are often too much to handle. Funeral homes help make all the necessary arrangements so that the bereaved family can mourn the deceased person. The burial process is complex in the midst of stress and pain. This article guides you on the essential steps you should take when a loved one passes away. 

Morgue Arrangements

The first step you should take is to call your funeral home or other relevant parties that the deceased person needs to be transported to the morgue. You might be required to involve coroners, the police, or other parties depending on the circumstances. Funeral homes handle all the transportation, including transfer from one morgue to another. Therefore, you should entrust the funeral home with the task of transporting the remains of the deceased person to the necessary locations.


Funeral homes offer pre-arrangements whereby the deceased person can create a plan for their final send-off. Therefore, you should enquire with your loved ones, lawyer, or confidants of the dead whether such arrangements exist. These arrangements will assist you in fulfilling the wishes of the deceased. Pre-arrangements also involve insurance policies that handle issues of funerals for the insured. Therefore, benefits from such an insurance policy should help cater to funeral expenses. 

Funeral Services

You should arrange a meeting with the funeral director and discuss how the funeral home will care for your loved one. The discussion should also include your decision on whether the deceased will be cremated or buried. You should also discuss the type of ceremony that will be held. 

Some people purchase burial plots, urns, and other plans. If the deceased will be buried in a property that has not been purchased, make the necessary arrangements with officials of your selected cemetery. Alternatively, you can request your funeral director to make these arrangements on behalf of your family. 

Choose Funeral Products

Your funeral home will offer a variety of burial and memorial products, depending on your preference. These products include the urn, burial vault, casket, and flowers. Your choice of burial products should be based on the items the bereaved family desires. 

Estate and Financial Matters

The last step in a send-off is the estate and administrative matters. This stage involves appointed people, such as lawyers, who execute the deceased's wishes as outlined in the will. If your loved one did not leave a will, you should look for ways to manage the estate amicably. You should also handle other issues, such as sending death notices, filing death benefit claims, and changing the title of the assets belonging to the deceased. 

Despite the grief and sorrow that you experience when you lose your loved one, having control of the situation can help you give them a decent send-off. You should explore the options provided by the funeral home and seek as much help as you can from the funeral director. The basic steps that should guide you include making morgue arrangements, exploring existing pre-arrangements, arranging funeral services, deciding on the proper cemetery, and choosing the appropriate funeral products. One should also handle the estate, financial, and administrative matters for the deceased. 

For more information, contact a funeral home in your area, such as Carter Funeral Home, Denbigh Chapel.


12 August 2021

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.