Funerals are a public means of expressing our beliefs and feelings about the death of someone loved. Funerals serve as the central gathering place for mourners to gather together to honour and remember the person who died while offering comfort and support to those closest to him or her, and to each other. Our physical presence is our most important show of support for the living. By attending the funeral we let everyone else there know that they are not alone in their grief.
How to arrange a funeral from making the first call when someone dies or death is expected soon to the various matters to be handled following the funeral.
The deceased is still at the place of death and a “first call” needs to be made to arrange for transportation of the deceased to a funeral home or other funeral service facility.
The first call results in an initial transfer of the deceased from the place of death to a funeral home or other facility.
Planning a funeral involves making many decisions concerning funeral ceremonies, funeral products and final disposition of the body. For assistance in arranging funerals people usually turn to funeral directors.
If cemetery property has not already been purchased, it will be necessary to meet with a cemetery representative to purchase a burial or entombment space. In some cases, the funeral director can make these arrangements on behalf of a family.
Funeral and memorial products
There are various options for purchasing caskets, grave markers, and other funeral merchandise. These products are available through a funeral home, cemetery or other monument company.
Estate, financial and administrative matters
Following the funeral, the affairs of the deceased must be put in order. These matters range from sending death notices to filing death benefit claims to changing title of the deceased’s assets.
When death is imminent
If a friend or loved one is seriously ill and expected to die in a matter of days or weeks, you may want to make funeral arrangements in advance. Preparing in advance puts you in control. It will make your meeting with a funeral director more productive and likely save you money.