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Funeral Planning And Funeral Arrangement

Whether you are thinking ahead and funeral planning for yourself or a family member, or have just lost a loved one and are making their funeral arrangements, you will need help. Below are a number of helpful articles written by funeral professionals that will help you with the funeral pre-planning and funeral arrangement process.

Many people are completely unaware of the amount of funeral arrangements that are required when a loved one dies. Without proper funeral planning arranging a funeral will be a very difficult task. This is because most people have never had to plan a funeral before and they do not know what questions to ask and what is required. Losing a loved one is a very emotional time and having to plan a funeral when the pain of a loss is so fresh can be extremely challenging. Pre-planning is the best way to make the funeral arrangements process easier and will ensure that your loved one’s final wishes are carried out.

There are a number of important funeral planning decisions that must be made. Is the deceased going to be buried or cremated? Where will the funeral take place? Will there be a public viewing? What sort of service will be desired? What type of casket or urn will be needed? These are just a few of the basic decisions that must be made when making funeral arrangements.

Other important decisions that you must make as part of the funeral plans are: Who will officiate the funeral? What music will be played? What type of flowers will there be? Will transportation be provided? Will there be a video tribute, web cast or memorial website? Funeral planning and making the final funeral arrangements is not easy.

Funeral directors are skilled in guiding families through the maze of decisions and the process of making funeral plans. However, even when working with a skilled funeral director it is possible that you won’t make the most piratical decisions in a time of grief. We recommend that you spend some time on your own researching your options before making any final decisions.

Many are unaware that they can choose their coffin, vault, urn, or other vessel while still alive and place the item on “lay away” until needed. They can also name the type of ceremony to be performed, whether or not to embalm, who will speak at the service, pallbearers, and anything else to do with the service in advance. It is also possible to begin making payments to cover the cost of the service and associated materials while still living. Once everything has been prearranged and the price set, one can pay the balance in full or begin paying toward it in small increments until paid in full. Funeral planning gives direct control of the amount spent, despite inflation and other factors that could raise the price in the future.

Funeral arrangements will vary from person to person. However, making funeral plans in advance gives one more direct control over what happens to him/her after death and saves the family from having to make some very difficult decisions during a period of strong emotions. Instead, the family can begin the grieving process and friends can pay their final respects in a dignified manner. Funeral planning also controls the amount paid and does not put a financial burden on friends and family during a difficult time in their life.

In order to do the best funeral pre-planning, one should seek out a funeral director and make funeral arrangements in advance whenever possible. However, it is not always possible to be prepared for everything in life. If you have lost someone you lost and are making their funeral arrangements the funeral planning articles and guides below will help you through the difficult process.

Below are helpful articles on funeral planning that will help you make funeral arrangements for the people you care about.


Alternative Funeral Ceremonies and Burials

/ June 18, 2013 4:05 pm

Sometimes an alternative style funeral celebration may be seen as controversial or even offensive. Often, something that goes against established…


Burial Service Pros and Cons

/ May 25, 2013 9:43 pm

A burial service, or graveside service, is a funeral that takes place in the cemetery at the grave of the deceased person. It is performed as an alternative…


What is Cremation?

/ May 21, 2013 10:38 pm

What is cremation? Cremation has been applied in many countries around the globe for thousands of years. In the US, the percentage of people who apply the…


Guide To Making Funeral Arrangements

/ May 21, 2013 3:40 pm

The death of a loved one is a difficult time and making funeral arrangements adds unnecessary stress to an already difficult situation. By preparing in…


Benefits of Planning Your Own Funeral

/ May 20, 2013 10:06 pm

Many people are uncomfortable with the prospect of planning for their own death. Admittedly, the thought of planning your own funeral is indeed a bit…


Standard Funeral Payment Options

/ May 20, 2013 1:49 pm

Funerals are expensive and before planning the memorial service families need to know the funeral payment options. Because of the high cost, many families…


Top Ways to Reduce Funeral Costs

/ May 20, 2013 12:26 pm

A funeral is very expensive and it can be easy for the costs to get out of hand. Families want to minimize the funeral costs, but often find it difficult…


Average Cost of a Funeral in the United States

/ May 20, 2013 10:11 am

Loved ones must be accorded respect in both life and death. By knowing the average cost of a funeral you can plan the perfect memorial service to honor…


How to Get Help with Funeral Costs

/ May 19, 2013 2:51 pm

Various national and local institutions are available to help families get help with funeral costs. They help the bereaved reduce the amount of burden…


The Cremation Process Explained

/ May 14, 2013 1:14 pm

The cremation process has been around for thousands of years, but more individuals today choose to be cremated instead of buried once they die. What…


Wake vs Funeral: What to Choose?

/ May 14, 2013 12:10 pm

The question of holding a wake vs funeral might appear to be trivial for some; however, other people struggle with this decision. While both ceremonies…


What is a Committal Service?

/ May 13, 2013 9:12 pm

A committal service is one that succeeds a funeral. It is usually a short ritual that involves prayers held at the graveside of a dearly beloved. As the…


Direct Cremation vs Cremation

/ May 13, 2013 8:20 pm

Direct cremation is the disposition of human remains by cremation, without a visitation, or memorial ceremony with a viewing or closed casket. The primary…


Glossary of Funeral Terms

/ January 22, 2013 8:06 am

This funeral glossary contains the most commonly used funeral terms. The glossary will help you work with a funeral director and plan a funeral for…


Planning for a Destination Funeral

/ August 1, 2012 9:24 am

Death is an inevitable life event. It is one of those events in human life that one should expect, but no one is ever really prepared for. Despite the…


Protect Yourself Online Before You Die

/ June 7, 2012 1:41 pm

Most of your life is now digital and it is important that you protect yourself online before you die. From photos, emails, social media and…

What Happens When You Die Online

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/ March 18, 2012 5:47 pm

Whether you realize it or not, much of your life is now digital. It is important to plan for what will happen to these assets after you pass away…


Cremation is OK

/ November 29, 2011 10:05 pm

Cremation should not be chosen because it is less expensive or quick. With every cremation there should be a funeral service or a celebration of life…


The Value of a Cemetery

/ November 29, 2011 9:28 pm

All of our grief emotions need to be objectified.  By that, I mean feelings need to be directed toward and locked in to the appropriate person, place, or thing.  When I am sad, what is the object of my sadness?  [...]


Funeral Planning Challenges

/ November 18, 2011 1:38 pm

Key Funeral Planning Considerations and Challenges To have to plan a funeral is one of the toughest challenges of our lives.  Lots of people ask, who needs an End of Life Plan?  Here are the top 10 challenges to making funeral arrangements [...]