When someone close to you dies, it can be difficult to think about the practical things that need to be taken care of. This includes planning the funeral. To help you through this process, we have put together a step-by-step guide on how to plan a funeral.
Step 1: Choose the Type of Funeral Service
The first step in planning a funeral is to decide what type of service you would like. There are three main types of funeral services: religious, non-religious, and celebratory. If you are choosing a religious funeral service, you will need to contact your priest, rabbi, or other officiant who will be conducting the service. They will be able to guide you on what is required.
If you are not having a religious service, then you will need to choose between a traditional or non-traditional ceremony. A traditional ceremony usually lasts around 30 minutes and includes readings and speeches from family and friends as well as music selections. A non-traditional ceremony can be tailored to your specific needs and can include elements such as slideshows and memory tables.
A celebratory funeral is exactly what it sounds like—a time to celebrate the life of the deceased with family and friends. This type of service is becoming increasingly popular because it allows people to focus on the positive aspects of the person’s life rather than their death.
Step 2: Choose the Venue
You will need to find a place to have your funeral service. This place needs to be big enough for all of your guests and also for any extra things, like a slideshow or memory table. If you are having a religious service, the church or temple should be able to help you. If you are not having a religious service, there are many funeral homes that can help you choose the right kind of ceremony for you.
Step 3: Choose the Date and Time
The next step is to choose the date and time for the funeral service. It is important to check with the venue beforehand to see what dates and times are available as well as what time they need the venue back by. You will also need to take into account any travel arrangements that need to be made for out of town guests. Once you have chosen the date and time, be sure to communicate this information to all guests so that they can make any necessary arrangements.
It is also worth noting that most funerals take place within one week of death but this may not be possible if you are waiting for relatives to arrive from overseas or if there is an inquest.
In these cases, it may be better to have two separate events: one for immediate family and close friends at the cemetery or crematorium followed by a memorial service at a later date for extended family and friends.
Planning a funeral can be overwhelming but hopefully, this guide has made it seem more manageable. Just remember to take things one step at a time and ask for help when needed—you don’t have to do this alone.