Funerals and memorial services allow the grieving family and
friends time to reminisce about the life of their loved one. A funeral or
memorial service can be a time not only for grieving but also for healing and
A funeral or memorial service also helps family
and friends face the reality of their loved one's death. It helps them begin
the process of accepting and adjusting to the loss.
Planning a funeral
Communicating preferences with
family members is important, whether you are planning your own funeral or a
Think about the choices you want for yourself. Things
to consider include the following:
Do you prefer burial to
If you choose burial, do you wish to have a viewing with
an open casket, or do you prefer a closed casket and no
What special requirements, if any, does your religion
Do you want flowers at your funeral or memorial service,
or do you prefer that donations be made to a favorite charity?
music do you want at the service?
Who do you want to speak at the
Funeral expenses vary greatly,
depending on the area and on the types of services selected. You may avoid
unnecessary costs by discussing your wishes with your family. You may want to
schedule a meeting with family members and a funeral planner to go over
details. This could help your family save money and time and can help reduce
their stress after your death.
Funeral home burial charges
Transportation of the deceased person to the
funeral home and to the cemetery.
Preparation of the body
(embalming, cosmetology, hairstyling, dressing).
Viewing at the
Services at the funeral home, graveside, or
Limousine service for transporting family to the
In addition to the funeral home costs, the cemetery
usually charges for the liner (vault) to prevent the ground from settling,
opening and closing the grave, and grave markers or monuments.
Cremation or donating your body to science is an alternative to burial
and generally is less expensive.
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