Planning a funeral can be challenging. While coping with the painful reality of loss, it may be helpful and even cathartic to arrange a service that honors your loved one’s life. The compassionate professionals at Belmont Funeral Home of Colchester, CT, know how difficult it can be for the bereaved to navigate this process. Here, they offer some useful guidelines to help you begin making funeral arrangements.
What to Expect When Planning a Funeral
1. Consider Your Choices
If your loved one expressed a preference for a traditional burial or a cremation service, then you can work with the funeral home to follow these wishes. However, if the choice is left to you, consider discussing the matter with other family members. At this stage, you will also select a casket or urn; if your loved one did not purchase a burial site in advance, you will need to choose one.
2. Make It Personal
Planning a funeral takes time, but many people find comfort in knowing they are commemorating the life of someone they love. These events are typically somber, but they can also be a chance to remember the deceased in an uplifting way. Ask close friends and relatives to share special stories, play a meaningful song or hymn, and put pictures on display. Your family may also have spiritual beliefs outlining what is included in a memorial service.
3. Plan the Service
If you are holding a church service, the funeral director will help you select an officiant. You should also name other participants, including readers and pallbearers. If the funeral service is separate from the graveside burial or inurnment service, decide who will attend and how they will reach the venue. If you are expecting a large group, consider booking private car service for close relatives and hiring a police escort for other guests in the procession.
When you’re dealt the task of planning a funeral, you may be overwhelmed. This reaction is understandable—and it’s important to know that you aren’t alone. At this difficult time, lean on the providers at Belmont Funeral Home, who can provide you with the answers you need. Visit their website or call (860) 537-2900 to learn more about making funeral arrangements.