Understanding the Essentials of Your Funeral Checklist

Monday, December 11, 2023

There's a good reason why the job outlook for funeral service workers is expected to rise by 3% over the next decade. Funerals are not only necessary arrangements following a death, but they also help provide some much-needed closure for families and friends.

Sadly, organizing a funeral often represents another stress during an already turbulent emotional time. That's why it's important to organize your funeral checklist.

This, along with a quality funeral home, can make this important ceremony go as smoothly as possible. In this guide, we'll walk you through everything you need to consider when making this checklist.

What to Do Immediately After a Death Occurs

It doesn't matter if the death occurs at a hospital, home, or nursing facility. The first thing you will need to do is contact a funeral home. They will pick up the deceased and begin to help you plan the funeral.

Dealing with the immediate aftermath of a passing can be extremely painful. So make sure you pick a good funeral service that's available 24/7.

You should also expect some questions when you contact the funeral home. You don't need to answer all of them right away, but you will need to consider them for the near future.

What Should Be On Your Funeral Checklist?

Every funeral checklist will be different depending on the size of the ceremony and the wishes of the deceased. However, regardless of what your ceremony looks like there are things you'll need to consider like:

  • The type of disposition (cremation, burial, anatomical gifting followed by cremation)
  • The type of gathering you want (public or private, small or large, visitation or wake)
  • The clothing of the deceased
  • The location of the ceremony
  • Funeral invitations
  • The speakers
  • The place for the final rest
  • Food options and funeral catering
  • The payment methods

If you feel overwhelmed by your funeral checklist, don't be afraid to reach out for help. There's no shame in getting assistance during this difficult time.

How Can Preplanning Help Make a Funeral Easier?

As you can see, there are a lot of things that need to be taken care of when planning a funeral. Sadly, many individuals don't take the time to consider how complicated funerals can be in the wake of passing.

This is a problem because it adds stress which can distract from the grieving process. That's why many families are turning to preplanning for funeral services.

This is simply the process of taking care of all the details associated with the service before the need comes up. It allows families a bit of relief during these turbulent times.

Ready for the Help You Need?

We hope this guide helped you learn more about how a funeral checklist can help with your ceremony. Here at Schumacher & Benner Funeral Home & Crematory, we bring over one hundred years of experience in the funeral industry to your ceremony.

During that time, we've become experts at easing the burden that can be placed on families during this period.

When you pre-plan your ceremony with us, you allow your family and friends to focus on celebrating your life. So if you're ready to begin the pre-planning process, schedule a consultation with us today.

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