When a loved one passes away unexpectedly, one of the first things you may wonder is when to contact a funeral home to start making preparations for the service. How long is it appropriate to wait? Here, the team at Shipman Funeral Home & Crematory of Muskogee and Wagoner, OK, explains some factors you should consider to help you choose the best date and time for the funeral.
Before calling their funeral home, take into account the following:
- Travel Arrangements: If there are a lot of family members and close friends who will need to travel from out of town, you may want to postpone the service by a week or two. This will give them time to make arrangements and book tickets. If everyone is close by, holding a service within a few days is possible.
- Service Date: It will be up to you to decide whether you’d prefer to have the service on a weekday or weekend. Some families choose to wait until the weekend to be more accommodating to those who work from Monday through Friday. If there is a holiday coming up, it might best to delay the service until it’s over so everyone can make it.
- Investigations: In some cases, an investigation or postmortem may delay your ability to get a death certificate, which will result in the need to postpone the funeral. A professional can give you advice on how to proceed if this is the case.
As long as you are following the requirements for paperwork, which the funeral home will handle, the date and time for the memorial services will be up to you. Shipman Funeral Home & Crematory offers caring and professional services to support you during this difficult time and ensure your loved one is honored as they deserve. Contact them at (918) 485-9525 to begin discussing the arrangements.