Funerals - Information To Help You Plan Yours
by Ciara McGrath
Funerals happen infrequently and any one person normally plans very, very few. This means that the person planning the funeral normally relies heavily on the advice of professionals, from doctors to funeral directors. When dealing with any professional, it pays to be informed.
A funeral is expensive. There's no way around that if you want to celebrate the life of a loved one in the style they deserve. There is the funeral director to pay, cars to hire, internment fees, cremation fees, hall hire, hire of a minister. The costs mount up very quickly. There are limits on the economies that can be made. Perhaps hire fewer cars or use a cheaper funeral service that may use older vehicles.
Funeral directors take care of most of the legal arrangements, that's why you are paying them after all and they have done it all before, whereas you have not. They usually provide a chapel of rest where the body can be viewed, if desired.
Increasingly people are planning their own funeral service, rather than burden their bereaved spouse with the stress and worry of it. They may choose the music, provide money at the bar for drinks and choose their own casket. This really is the ultimate in consideration for the loved ones left behind. Having to choose a casket or to decide between cremation or burial are not decisions that come easily to the recently bereaved.
More and more people are paying for their funeral arrangements in advance, either as a lump sum, or using a regular payment plan. This means that relatives can concentrate on celebrating the life of the deceased, rather than worrying about how it will all be paid for.
Your loved one may have indicated a desire to be cremated, rather than buried. More and more people are returning to the ancient act of cremation when a loved one dies. It has many benefits over burial, and one of the major ones must be the increase in choice when deciding what to do with the remains. Grief is a personal process; and cremation gives the person’s friends and relatives the power to decide what they think is most fitting.
Initially following the cremation, the ashes of a person will generally be transferred to an urn. There are many beautiful urns for sale from either the funeral home, shops, or specialist websites. Afterwards the urn can be taken to a memorial service. The ashes can remain in the urn for as long as is necessary. Some people choose to keep them in the home.
It may be that you wish to have the ashes scattered at a place that was important to the deceased. It is possible to purchase urns with a design that allows them to open easily, making them very appropriate for this. Other alternatives are available, such as biodegradable urns, which are environmentally safe and friendly, and ideal for either the scattering or the burial of ashes.
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Ciara McGrath's parents are 75 and 74 and planned their funerals ten years ago.
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article re-published 17 August 2006