Do Not Fail Funeral Planning

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Published: Feb 18th, 2021
Do Not Fail Funeral Planning - You probably will help plan one, and you will have one. - Are you ready?

Whether you are getting ahead on your own funeral planning or organizing a loved one's, you should understand the many components of a funeral service. Managing funeral service plans can be an overwhelming experience. It is perplexing to configure funeral budgets while grieving a loss or, if planning your own service, facing the reality of the end of your life. 

Not many people discuss funerals. Most people do not like the topic. Yet, there is a good chance you will deal with funeral issues for a loved one. According to a 2018 survey by the National Funeral Directors Association, only 26 percent of Americans have talked with a loved one about their funeral. You want to make the best decisions for a loved one's final send-off - or for yours. Here are some points to assist you.

You want to strike a balance of affordable yet honorable items to have at a funeral service, whether it is for yourself or a loved one. Avoid rushing the funeral service planning process by preparing in advance. Below, you will find a list of typical funeral materials to consider making the day a special one for family and friends.

Funeral Basics

If you are planning for a funeral, you need to know the basics of what is required and the choices someone needs to make. There are three customary components: preparing the corpse, conducting the ceremony, and handling the interment. 

There are several questions to consider. Do you or your loved one want embalming or cremation? Do you wish a full service at a church or the funeral home, perhaps a graveside service or a DIY (do-it-yourself) ceremony? 

Who will attend? Some people do not desire a viewing of the deceased; for others, it is significant. Do you want a burial in the ground or in a tomb or cremation with ashes scattered somewhere?

Memorial Products

Keepsakes are common at funerals. Guests can receive them as a memento of the person who has passed. There are a variety of memorial products for a personalized service.

You can include one or all of the following items to have at a funeral service, as they each can encapsulate a special memory.

Funeral Programs

There are plenty of reasons why funeral programs are important. Often, these handouts include information pertinent to the deceased and their service. Guests can stay informed on service timing and explore the life accomplishments of the dearly departed.

Prayer Cards or Bookmarks

You can transform laminated prayer cards or bookmarks into personalized keepsakes. These are easy to distribute to guests and can be kept in wallets, cars, and, of course, books.

DVD Montage

It's common to see either a collage of photos of the deceased or a DVD montage. Digitize your favorite photos into a montage, so you can make copies to give to family and friends.


If you or your loved one's preference was a burial, a casket is going to be a big-ticket item for the funeral service. You can find caskets of all shapes, sizes, and designs—you are sure to find one that suits any budget.

Several casket designs are available (metal, wood, or fiberglass), and they have different choices for the interior fabric (color, textile, and design).

Grave Markers

Grave markers signify the burial location of the deceased within the cemetery. Decide between an upright monument or a flat monument that's flush with the ground. You can customize stone or metal grave markers if it complies with the cemetery's regulations.

Thinking Ahead Eases Stress on Loved Ones

Many experts suggest having a discussion with loved ones about your final wishes so your family doesn't have to guess what you may have wanted. If you have not talked to your elderly parents about their final wishes, they may be open to a conversation. 

We plan or should plan our lifetime. Planning for the end makes it easier for loved ones and ensures your wishes will be carried out when the time comes.

About the Author

Mallory Knee is a freelance writer for multiple online publications where she can showcase her affinity for all things beauty and fashion. She particularly enjoys writing for communities of passionate women who come together for a shared interest and empower one another in the process. In her free time, you can find Mallory trying a fun new dinner recipe, practicing calligraphy, or hanging out with her family.

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