First, check whether your loved one has set aside their own wishes or provisions in their will or other documents. They may have also left instructions online with specialist funeral planning websites. They may have even pre-planned their funeral with an associated savings plan, which can help reduce or eliminate all costs. It also assists you in understanding the type of funeral services they desired so that you can make an appropriate choice for them.
Many families now chose to hold a 'wake' or gathering in the family home following the service. This allows those who did not attend the actual service to come and pay their respects with remaining family members and friends. Generally food and drink are laid on for these gatherings and again these are organised by the remaining family rather than the funeral home.
Once the date and time has been set for the service and invitations have been sent out, the funeral director will then ask you about the order of service. If the funeral is in church, this will need to be discussed and agreed with your minister. If it is a civil funeral, there is more flexibility, but we always think an printed order of service is of real benefit for those attending.
On the day of the service, the funeral director will be by your side to make sure everything goes according to plan. Family members can be asked to greet guests at the funeral location and can help advise guests as to where to lay flowers and where to sit. Make sure they also know the location of the nearest toilets - some people may have travelled long distances to be present.
Although losing a loved one is certainly a sad and emotional time, with the help and guidance of your local funeral director you will be able to provide your loved one with a funeral service they would have wanted: without experiencing any financial stress in the process.
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