Planning a service for a deceased loved one can be a somber experience, and even a bit confusing if you're loved one has been cremated. Here are a few things to consider that should help make the planning process a little easier:
Should You Plan a Funeral or a Memorial?
The body of the deceased is typically present at a funeral, but it's not a requirement, so you'll have to consider whether a funeral is something your friends and family will appreciate without a body present.
If you have a child who has died as a result of his or her membership in a gang, you may feel a lot of difficult emotions as you work on plans for the funeral. It's likely that many gang members will want to attend the service, and you may feel resistant about this idea because you blame the child's gang affiliation for his or her death. As you move forward through these uncharted waters, it's valuable to confer with your funeral director for guidance.
The days, weeks, and months that follow the death of a family member, close friend, or even a beloved pet can be a real struggle. You may be unable to see how things will get better, but with the right approach, they certainly will. One of the best ways that you can care for yourself after the loss of a loved one is to attend some sessions with a grief counselor.
Following the death of someone close to you who has opted for cremation, you may either plan to bury the person's ashes at a cemetery, keep them in an urn in your home, or scatter them in an area that holds special meaning. These three methods of dealing with the ashes are common, but there's another option to consider — having a small portion of the ashes included in various pieces of jewelry.
Many people respond reactively to a sudden death. By doing this, they can end up paying far more for a funeral than they should. One way to save money on a funeral, and to make sure it occurs properly, is to prearrange it. Here are five reasons why you may find prearrangement beneficial to you and those you leave behind.
1. Your Funeral, Your Way
One benefit of prearrangement is the ability to make your funeral wishes known.