How to Plan the Best Funeral Service

Monday, December 20, 2021

Are you getting ready to plan a funeral service for a loved one or your future self? 

Planning the best funeral service can be complicated. There are a lot of factors involved, and it's more in-depth (and expensive) than a standard gathering. You have so much to do during an emotional time.

We're here with a few funeral service tips to help you out. Read on to learn more.

Hire a Planner

Planning a funeral service is hard work, and if you're already struggling with the passing of your loved one, it might be too stressful. Even if you're pre-planning for your own funeral service, it can be hard to get all of the details taken care of without outside help.

Hiring a funeral planner makes the process easy. They can walk you through everything that you need to do so you don't miss a beat. Even if you want to plan the funeral by yourself, consulting with a funeral planner will put you on the right track.

Consider Finances

It's no secret that funerals are expensive. This is why we often recommend pre-planning. When you pre-plan for your future funeral, you can take away some of the financial burdens from your loved ones. 

Make sure that the funeral fits into your budget. Consider your life insurance and the money from your (or your loved one's) estate that can go toward the best funeral service. 

Your budget will determine your disposition method and the rest of the funeral service itself.

Choose The Right Disposition Method

Whether you're pre-planning or planning for a loved one, choosing a disposition method can be an emotional struggle. It's also crucial, however.

Most people choose to cremate or have a traditional burial. Often, this comes down to finances, cultural background, and family traditions. It's helpful if the deceased has decided on this before they passed. 

Cremation tends to be slightly less expensive than a traditional burial. You also get the benefit of either keeping your loved one with you or scattering ashes, which many people find cathartic. 

You could also choose body donation. This is the most affordable option and it ends in cremation. You still get to have a conventional funeral if you choose to do this. 

Picking a Location

Where do you want to hold the funeral? 

Most people have funerals in funeral homes or religious buildings, like churches. This is the easiest option as these places are well-equipped for complete traditional funerals and they often offer minor planning services.

You can hold a funeral anywhere as long as you have permission from the property owner, so choose carefully.

Celebration of Life or Traditional Funeral?

As time goes on and people become more comfortable with the idea of death, celebrations of life are getting more popular. Instead of somber events, they celebrate the deceased as if they were alive, but going on a new journey. This isn't to say that they don't mourn their loved one, but they choose to express it in a different way.

Traditional funerals are for mourning and letting out "negative" emotions. For some people, this is necessary. They need that time to gather and grieve with loved ones.

Other people prefer the positivity of the celebration of life.

Talk to the other people who will be in attendance about whether or not a celebration of life is appropriate. 

Plan The Best Funeral Service Possible

When it's time to plan the best funeral service, emotions are sure to be high. Use this brief funeral service guide to get started and never be afraid to reach out to a professional funeral planner.

If you're ready to start planning a funeral, our team at Schumacher & Benner wants to help. Check out the services that we have to offer today.

Since 1905, families in the Greater Pottstown area have turned to the independent, family-owned Schumacher and Benner Funeral Home & Crematory to meet their funeral needs with professionalism and sensitivity. 

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