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How to Plan a Funeral
Planning a funeral is a process that many people will be tasked with throughout their lifetime. If this is the first time you’ve lost a loved one, you may be left wondering how to plan a funeral. For some people, this can be an emotionally stressful time as they may be overwhelmed with grief if the death of a loved one was unexpected. With the help of a dedicated and knowledgeable funeral director and the support of loved ones, this process can be made easier.
At Scarr Funeral Home, we have helped hundreds of families plan meaningful and memorable funeral services. Whether you are in immediate need or interested in prearranging your own service, the process is quite similar.
Listed below is our funeral checklist of the three main areas related to funeral planning:
Funeral Related Details
Contact the funeral home and arrange for transportation of the body from the place of death
Review the deceased’s will and decide on burial vs cremation and a traditional funeral vs a celebration of life.
Meet with the funeral director to create and finalize funeral arrangement details.
Select the appropriate funeral products to help honor the deceased (casket, tombstone, urn).
Select music and choice of flowers for the service
Make note of any important details the deceased would like included in the obituary.
If the deceased is a military veteran, discuss whether they will they receive a military ceremony. They may be eligible for military death benefits so review this as well.
Discuss with friends and family who will do readings or say some remarks on behalf of the deceased
Select a charitable organization to receive donations in the deceased’s name.
Notify family and friends of the date and time for the service.
Finances and Property
Have the executer(s) review a list of the deceased’s bank accounts, investments, creditors, benefits, insurance policies, and any other legal or financial accounts.
Have the executor(s) review and notify the appropriate institutions to notify them of death and suspend payments.
Review the will and decide whether to delete or close any online accounts of the deceased.
Losing a loved one is a difficult time. You want to make sure that you choose a funeral home that will work with you to help honor and celebrate your loved one. Remember to take peace and mind knowing that most funeral directors will treat each family they serve as a part of their own. If you would like to learn more about funeral planning or work with our funeral home, please contact us today.
When You Meet with the Funeral Home
Within the first 24 hours of your loved one’s passing, you will need to meet with a funeral home to begin the final arrangements. This page will help you prepare for our conversation.
The First Decision: Burial or Cremation?
This is an important decision and the foundation of all else which follows: the ceremony as well as the safekeeping of your loved one’s remains. Here’s some information you’ll need.
Selecting Funeral Products
Once you’ve made the vital decision regarding burial or cremation for your loved one, you need to choose the products involved with your choice. These guidelines can help.
The Details of Funeral Planning
An overview of the many aspects of service planning you will discuss during the arrangement conference, this page talks about the where, when and how of paying tribute to a love one.
What to Expect after the Funeral
You may feel out-of-sync with what is going on around you. Here’s how you can deal with the strong
emotions and physical symptoms of grief and deal with daily life immediately after loss.