If making the funeral service arrangements is a responsibility that has been given to you, you might find yourself a little concerned with how much everything is going to cost. Even if you would love to plan the most expensive funeral possible, that is not always something that is within the budget for a lot of people. Therefore, you will have to plan with your financial situation in mind. Here are some tips that you might want to make use of in order to make funeral arrangements that are more affordable:
Don't Have Multiple Viewings
It is not uncommon for people to plan for multiple viewings of their deceased loved one. They might have a couple of days scheduled with two viewing times on each day. Remember that the longer you have one of the funeral home's viewing rooms reserved, the more you will be charged. Even if your loved one had an immense amount of friends and family that will want to come pay their final respects, they can all do that at one single viewing.
Opt For Cremation Without A Burial
With a cremation, you do not need to purchase a casket. You can still have viewing. Your loved one will simply be laid in a casket owned by the funeral home, which will be just as lovely. With cremation, some people still opt for a burial of the ashes in a cemetery. This is not something that you have to do though. You can save even more money by opting to keep your loved one's ashes in an urn and take them home with you, or give their ashes to another family member. This way, you are not also paying the high cost of a burial space and a headstone.
After taking those money-saving tips into consideration, you should find that you feel a little more at ease about being able to plan a funeral that is within the budget you can afford. What you will want to do now is to get in touch with the director of the funeral home that you want to use. Make an appointment to discuss the planning of the funeral and while you are there having that discussion, you might want to ask him or her if they have any other ideas for planning a funeral that is easy on a tighter budget. They have worked with many people with many different financial circumstances. They have probably come up with a lot of helpful advice for people over the course of their career.