A Bittersweet Goodbye: A Blog About Funerals

Consider These Things When Planning A Funeral

If you're like many people, it's possible you haven't given a lot of thought to your funeral. Funerals are ubiquitous events that are used to remember departed loved ones and commemorate their lives. It may seem morbid to think about your personal funeral, but planning your funeral in advance can actually be a loving way to take care of your family.

In the wake of a death, most people are confused, sad, and not ready to deal with a lot of new practical concerns. Planning a funeral during this time can be extremely stressful and even traumatic. By planning your funeral ahead of time, you relieve your family of this burden. If you would like to go this route, here are three things you'll need to consider in your funeral planning.

1. What do you want done with your body?

The first choice you'll have to make is whether you would like to be buried intact or cremated. Both options have their benefits. Cremation is usually cheaper, but some people choose not to utilize this method for religious reasons or reasons of personal preference. If you do choose cremation, you may skip the embalming process by choosing direct cremation. If you decide to choose embalming for an open casket ceremony, a mortician will work to ensure you look peaceful for the event.

2. Where do you want the funeral service to be held?

Funeral services are an opportunity for people to grieve and remember departed loved ones together. You will need to choose a place to hold your funeral service. Many people choose to have their funeral services at funeral homes, which often feature chapels for this purpose. If you're planning to be interred in a cemetery, you may choose to have a graveside funeral service instead.

3. What sort of casket or urn will you require?

Unless you plan to have your ashes scattered, you will require a casket or urn for your remains. To a certain extent, your final resting place will determine what type of container you require. If you want your funeral service to include a viewing ceremony, you will need a casket to make that possible. Those who would like to leave their ashes to loved ones will need an urn for that purpose. You can purchase your casket or urn from a funeral home in advance, in order to save your loved ones some costs.