What Should Go On a Funeral Plan?

Monday, October 17, 2022

Are you planning funeral arrangements for a loved one or for the future? Do not be intimidated! 

While planning can be challenging, creating a thought-out funeral plan can help make the process less stressful.

Planning a funeral is one of the most challenging tasks you can take on after losing a loved one, but it can also be part of the healing process.

As you plan a funeral service for a loved one, you have the opportunity to design a service that will honor your loved one in a meaningful way. 

Continue reading to learn more about creating a thoughtful funeral plan for a loved one or your own future service. 

What is a Funeral Plan?

A funeral plan is a detailed document that outlines all of one's arrangements. This includes the type of service, burial preferences, and any customizable options such as military honors.

A key advantage of creating a funeral plan is determining a budget and setting aside the appropriate funds for your family. 

Elements to Consider When Planning a Funeral

When creating a funeral plan, be as detail-oriented as you would like. You may even know certain songs you want to be played. 

The more detailed you are, the better this will be for your family. If you want certain people to give eulogies or a specific pastor to oversee the service, be sure to include this in your plan. 

It is important to be equally detailed regarding your desired burial. If you want a traditional open casket funeral service and then a cremation after, make sure you clearly express your wishes.

When some individuals select cremation, they envision a specific place to spread their ashes. If you know where you would like your ashes scattered, articulate your desires in your funeral plan. 

Types of Funeral Services 

The most common funeral services are traditional and memorial-based services (a celebration of life). When creating a funeral plan, you can decide what service you would prefer. 

A traditional service is often selected when you desire an open-casket or closed-casket wake and then a burial at a cemetery. These services usually occur days to a week after one's passing. As highlighted above, one may desire a traditional service with viewing and then get cremated after. 

Memorial services or celebrations of life do not have to happen right after one's passing. They can even occur months after one passes away. Memorial services may feature one's cremation urn, but there will be no open-casket viewing. 

Specific Honors

You can request military funeral honors if you or a loved one served in the military. Many people who served have also decided to be laid to rest in a national military cemetery. Military cemeteries have options for both casket burials and cremation burials. 

Most military cemeteries also allow the spouse of the individual who served to be buried on cemetery grounds. If your husband or wife served in the national forces, you could plan ahead to be laid to rest together in a military cemetery. Their wishes should be clearly expressed in your funeral plan. 

Create a Meaningful Funeral Plan Today

Creating a funeral plan for a loved one or yourself can be a comfort in a challenging time. Funeral preplanning can save time and undesired stress. 

Your funeral plan is completely up to your disposal. There is considerable flexibility, and this is exactly how it should be. Whether you desire a more traditional farewell or a celebration of life, it is important to make a plan that you are comfortable with. 

At Schumacher & Benner, we want to assist you in planning ahead. If you have any questions about service types or burial options, please feel free to schedule a consultation with our team. We are here to be of service to you and your family. 

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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