Planning Funerals: A Quick Guide

Monday, January 3, 2022

Are you getting ready to figure out how to plan a funeral for a loved one (or pre-plan for your future self)? 

Planning funerals can be difficult. They're often somber and emotional events, and if no one has pre-planned, the loved ones of the deceased have a lot of responsibilities to take care of. Even if you've already set aside money, how do you actually start planning?

Whether you're a loved one or someone who's choosing to plan ahead, we're here with a few funeral planning tips that can help. Read on to learn more. 

Picking the Right Type of Ceremony

Not all funeral ceremonies are alike. When you're trying to plan the best funeral for your deceased loved one (or your future self), you're going to have to consider what type of ceremony would be best.

Most people choose a standard somber funeral in a funeral home or church. This funeral can be either open or closed-casket depending on your wishes. These are traditional funerals and they're the most common.

Traditional funerals vary depending on the deceased's culture and religion. While people of all backgrounds have traditional funeral practices, the details of the funeral will vary.

You could also have a celebration of life. These are growing more popular as people start developing healthier attitudes toward death. Instead of a somber occasion, a celebration of life is a more "festive" event during which people speak fondly of the deceased (almost like a party).

Choose The Right Location

Where are you going to have the funeral service?

Did you know that you can have a funeral wherever you like as long as you have permission from the property owner? Many people choose to have intimate funerals (or pre-funeral gatherings) at their own homes.

You can have a funeral at a favorite location if you plan ahead, but it may be a better choice to choose a unique location for the reception. It's easiest to have the funeral itself at a traditional funeral home or religious building. 

Choose the Right Disposition Method

This is often the most difficult part of the planning process, but it's important. Before the funeral, you need to decide on a disposition method.

Hopefully, you and the deceased had discussed this in the past (or you're pre-planning for yourself). If not, the choice is up to you and your loved ones. 

Most people choose either traditional burials or cremation. They pair well with traditional funerals and they're the most accessible options for the majority of families. Funeral homes offer these services so you don't have to seek them out on your own. 

You can also look into other options, such as body donation or green burial if the traditional options aren't right for you. 

Details to Consider

Planning a funeral is similar to planning a party even though it's a more formal event. You're going to have to take details into consideration.

Here are a few things that people often forget to consider when they start the planning process:

  • Guestlist
  • Performers
  • Decorations
  • Food
  • Reception area
  • Eulogy readers

Planning Funerals Is Challenging

No one ever said that planning funerals would be easy. During a time when people are already struggling with grief, the idea of planning an event can be stressful.

Remember, you're planning a funeral to honor your loved one (or yourself). You're celebrating a life and gathering to share memories. This is a special event.

If you're ready to start planning a funeral, we want to meet you. Start pre-planning online today or contact us for more information.

At Schumacher & Benner Funeral Home and Crematory, we want to take care of you and your family in any way possible. Our services include traditional funeral services, celebration of life services, cremations, selection of memorial and headstones, and more.  

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