Losing a loved one is one of the most emotionally challenging times to go through in your life. Having to plan for their funeral while grieving can make this period seem even more unbearable since you are tasked with much more than just grieving your beloved. Therefore, it is not uncommon to find that some bereaved individuals will go through the planning in a daze, unsure of what they should be focusing on. As this is a trying time, you should not feel ashamed about looking for some help in the form of guidance on how best to plan the funeral. The first step towards doing this is to select the right funeral home, as the establishment will handle the bulk of the logistics for you. To help you in your selection, here are a couple of things to consider in your search for the right funeral home.
Locating the best funeral director
A funeral home is only as good as its funeral director. Thus, instead of basing your decision on how beautiful the home is or how great they advertise their business, you should interview the funeral director. Once you have a shortlist of the top directors you would want to work with, you should ask questions such as the scope of logistics they will handle, the rates for the funeral home and so on. In addition to this, you should inquire about whether they handle everything in-house or if they will be sourcing items for other vendors. If the answer is the latter, you should undertake some research on how much outsourcing the coffin and more will cost and compare the prices to purchasing one from the funeral director directly.
Secular vs traditional funeral service
After you have located the right director and are satisfied with what they will offer, you then have to determine the type of funeral service your deceased loved one would be most comfortable with. Overall, this will be dependent on your departed loved one's belief system or lack thereof. For instance, if the deceased was deeply ingrained in a specific denomination, then you should set up the funeral so that the service is per the belief system. Alternatively, if your loved one had no religious inclination, you have more flexibility when it comes to the funeral service. For starters, you could inquire from the funeral home about the types of secular services they have held so you have an idea of how the send-off will go. On the other hand, you could plan the service as a celebration of your departed loved one's life rather than a sombre affair.
Work closely with your funeral home during this trying time, and they will be able to help you.