Funeral planning can be a difficult time for the family of the deceased. In addition to coping with loss, there is a certain amount of pressure involved with preparing everything in the time available. How long you have for funeral planning and gathering loved ones depends mostly on the choices you make for the funeral or memorial service, which is a factor you should consider before making the big decisions.
Fortunately, time of death shouldn’t impact the timeline. Whatever time of day or night your loved one passes, your local funeral home is ready to respond. This means the remains can be maintained using the method of your choosing regardless of the time.
The main issue is how the remains are preserved until the memorial takes place. If you aren't using embalming services, the funeral needs to occur within one or two days. Embalming extends that period to a week, making it ideal for far-flung families who need time to gather. If you choose cremation and don't intend to have a viewing beforehand, the celebration of life can be much later.
The choice of preservation method is personal and depends on your circumstances. For some, embalming is an unpleasant thought or an unnecessary expense. For others, the chance to bring the family together is the most important consideration. Whatever method you choose, your funeral home will accommodate your choice.
The time you have for funeral planning depends on the type of services and preservation methods you're interested in. If you're having difficulty making decisions, ask your local funeral director for advice. For 50 years, Leeward Funeral Home has provided the Oahu community with compassionate funeral planning and burial services. Based in Pearl City, HI, they offer all you need to lay a loved one to rest, including caskets, facilities, and emotional support. Call (808) 455-1041 for help, or visit them online.