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Iceni Magazine | March 22, 2019

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How to Plan a Simple and Dignified Funeral for Your Loved One

How to Plan a Simple and Dignified Funeral for Your Loved One

We know that losing a loved one can be incredibly difficult, dealing with the loss of a family member or friend can feel totally overwhelming.

If the responsibility of planning the funeral for your loved one falls to you may know how challenging it may seem, all the small and even big details that you may not have even thought about but only realise that you need to deal with those too when you come to them.

There are so many professionals out there to really take some of that planning weight off of your shoulders, speaking to expert funeral directors can help you to feel more at ease and prepared as there are a lot of decisions to make and they can help guide you through the whole process.

One of the biggest decisions that you are going to have to make is the type of funeral that you are going to plan for your loved one, whether that is a traditional burial or a simple cremation, that is if your friend or family member had not expressed any personal final wishes regarding their funeral. It is important to take into consideration any final wishes of your loved one as it is the ultimate way to honour their memory, they may have specified any particulars because of their religious beliefs dictating the type of funeral they wish to have or simply any preferences they may have.

An initial meeting with a funeral adviser will allow you to go through all of the important things you need to deal with and put in place when planning a funeral, a meeting like this really helps you to identify things that you may not have even thought about needing to arrange. You will need to consider things like who will be the main point of contact for the funeral home you have chosen, would that be you or another friend or family member who is going to liaise with them?

Planning the service itself can be the most overwhelming as there are so many particulars to think about while trying to put together a memorial that is perfect to celebrate the life of your loved one while also pleasing other family members and friends. When envisioning the memorial service that you want to plan you might want to consider the following:

  • The officiant. Who is going to lead the service? For example, a civil celebrant, funeral director or religious figure.
  • Readings and eulogies. Are there any friends or family members who want to read any poems or prayers during the service and who is going to deliver a eulogy?
  • Your loved one may have specified who they want to be involvedin their funeral, you may have to approach and ask friends and family members to take on this role or people may have expressed their wish to take part in this way.
  • Whether you want to remain very traditional or be very personal with more contemporary music which reminds you of your loved one, they may have even specified particular music in their final wishes.
  • Other personal touches. You might want to have a memory board present at the service or a book for guests to fill with their memories of the loved one who is being celebrated.

 

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