Getting in touch with funeral directors isn’t usually going to be under happy circumstances. If you’ve never planned a service before, it can be quite a stressful time. With professional help, the process can be a smooth one. For those unsure of where to begin, here are few things to get you started.
Checking The Will
It doesn’t matter what stage you do this at, but before starting plans with funeral directors it’s a good idea to check the will. This, or any other document that a loved one might have left, could include some preferences they have about their own send-off. It’s quite common for people to specify whether they want to be buried or cremated, so this would take some of the pressure off.
Finding The Right Funeral Directors
Making arrangements will be much less stressful on you if you go with the professionals. It’s important to choose the right funeral directors for you. You have the opportunity to ask lots of questions to see whether they can provide the service you’re envisioning. Ensure you choose people who are sympathetic, calm and provide comfort in your time of mourning. They are there to make the process as smooth as possible for you.
Once you have chosen the funeral directors, you will have a consultation where you can go through the plans. They will go through what needs to be arranged, offering advice and recommendations.
The consultation will include decisions on:
- Family viewings
- Cremations or burials
- Order of service
- Memorials and headstones
- Announcements and obituaries
Letting People Know
Once everything is in motion, you can add the finishing touches. It is then time to let people know about the funeral so that they can attend, if you are having guests. You can announce this on social media, in the papers, send a message to people individually, or even send out postal invitations if you have plenty of time.