A loved one’s passing is never easy to deal with. It can be painful and emotional or even a shock if the death was unexpected. While the funeral directors at Far & Beyond will usually cover the basics, there are plenty of other decisions that need to be made.
The team at Far & Beyond will do their best to make sure everything is planned for; however, there can be some aspects that go under the radar.
For that reason, these are some of the most common things that can be forgotten when planning a funeral.
Establish a budget
It is important that before any funeral arrangements are made, you determine how much you can afford to spend. In order to keep a funeral affordable, it is worth discussing how it will be paid for – for example, will it be split among family members or will it be covered by an insurance policy?
It is also worth accounting for any potential extra costs. It is worth budgeting some extra money to cover additional fees, such as to pay for the services of an officiant, new clothing or florist services.
Personalise the ceremony
There is no set formula in regards to planning a funeral service – each and every ceremony can be different, ensuring the life of your loved one is honoured.
Eulogies can be written to reflect the deceased’s life and their impact on others; however, other methods of personalisation may include a theme (including a dress code), the choice of hymns and songs, and the decorations.
Buy some thank you cards
The planning of a funeral can take a lot out of people – especially if it is in remembrance of someone close to them. The immediate family of a passed love one will take great comfort from the outpouring of sympathy that is received. There is often an urge to thank everyone involved: the planners, those who attended, those who sent gifts and many more. A nice touch, therefore, may be to purchase some thank you cards to send out afterwards.
Try not to stress
The loss of a loved one will cause all sorts of emotions: grief, sadness and many others. It is natural, therefore, that you may feel pressure and stress when planning.
If you find yourself feeling this way, try to take a step back and breathe. The team at Far & Beyond are on hand to provide all kinds of support, including emotional – so do not hesitate to get in touch if this is required.