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What to Think About When Planning Funeral Services

The loss of a loved one is a grief that is hard to comprehend for anyone. But as if losing a loved one weren’t hard enough, the pressures, choices, and stress of arranging funeral services and memorials is something else that you have to grapple with in the wake of a loss. But knowing the things that you have to consider about planning funeral services can make the process a bit easier, and less stressful for you and your family. Here are three things to think about when planning funeral services to keep your planning stress-free.

Shop Around to Minimize Costs

The first thing that you should think about when planning funeral services is to shop around to minimize costs. When you are choosing funeral homes, caskets or urns, and other things for your funeral services, you should be getting quotes from multiple providers to make sure you are getting a good price and not being taken advantage of. While it may seem like a lot of extra work during an emotional and difficult time, it can help you feel confident that you aren’t making mistakes along the way and spending more money than necessary.

Decide the Nature of the Services

Another consideration to make when planning funeral services is what the nature of the services will be. Between wakes, funeral services, and memorial service, there are a few options you have to mix and match for the best combination of services for you and your family. A funeral features the casket while a memorial takes place without it. Meanwhile a wake is usually the day before the funeral and is held as a celebration and remembrance of the deceased. Knowing which of these three, or what combination, you want for your service can help you search and plan a schedule.

Travel Arrangements

The final thing that you should think about when planning funeral services is travel arrangements for family and loved ones coming from far away. While you don’t necessarily have to put as much thought into travel for a funeral as you would for say a wedding, knowing which family members would like to attend can help with planning. You want to make sure those who want to say their farewells get a chance and that you give them time to make the journey.

A funeral can be an overwhelming thing to organize. But with a little bit of forethought, you can minimize the stress. Make sure that you are considering these three things when planning funeral services for the most stress-free experience possible.

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