Life- is a glorious crown; death is its harsh reality. All those who are born have to die, but when it comes to death of a loved one, not everyone can cope with the negative emotions and the turmoil broiling forth. Wretchedly the family members are also burdened with the most painful task of carrying out funeral plans for the deceased. In a few cases, where the deceased have already outlined burial wishes or crematory plans, the family only needs to accomplish the plan and carry out an appropriate service. But in cases where death comes as a shock, and there are no funeral plans pre-arranged, confusion reigns and the family members are all overwhelmed by the immense responsibility.
Planning a Funeral
The first step in planning a funeral is to track down a funeral home which accords with the family’s financial position and is known for its consideration and thoughtfulness. The funeral home helps in detailing the entire funeral process. If the burial method is chosen, they will provide a casket and help in locating the right venue for the burial. The place will also depend on the religious and cultural values of the deceased. If the method of cremation is chosen, the funeral home will help with the care of the body, cremation urn and all the other details surrounding it.
Other funeral planning
Funeral planning may include music, flowers, grave marker and how to manage the guests.
- Funeral Music.
Funeral music should never be off-hand or reckless. It should be selected with utmost care, as at that time people are passing through the valley of grief and need to take solace through soft and classical music which evokes memories of the good times.
Flowers should also be the portrayal of love and care. A casket spray, wreath or a heart are the best options to signify peace and respect for the deceased.
- Grave markers.
Help can be taken from a planning consultant to select the grave marker. Engravings or carvings can be done on gravesite markers depending on the size of the marker. Gravesite markers are usually put off until a few weeks or a month so that they can be selected with care and concern. Most long lasting gravesite markers are made from granite or bronze so usually they are the first choice of the family members.
- Burial Insurance
Since death is an unpredictable blow, many people tend to obtain burial insurance. Burial insurance ensures that the deceased’s loved ones are not wearied by the burial expenses and services when the fatality takes place. The policyholder i.e. the obtainer of the insurance pays the necessary charges in his/ her lifetime. But it is necessary to secure the right burial insurance policy. Contracts must be read before any agreements and only those policies agreed to which cater to the policyholder’s needs.
Although handling death is a difficult process, to cope best with funeral plans, and to honor the deceased in the most loving way, it is advisable to be equipped with the necessary information beforehand. Funeral information can be obtained from any church, synagogue or religious place. Funeral homes are also willing to walk all the way through the arrangements, so families should take heart and not be baffled when the calamity strikes.