If you’re planning a funeral, you want the event to go smoothly so you can honor your loved one. But if this is your first experience with funeral planning, it’s easy to make one of a few common mistakes. Here are the pitfalls to watch out for.
What You Shouldn’t Do When Funeral Planning
1. Feeling Rushed
While it is true that funerals are time-sensitive events, even in the most urgent cases you have several days to a week to plan. And if you choose cremation, you can take as long as you need before the memorial service. It’s all right to take a day or two to gather your thoughts and emotions.
2. Not Setting a Budget
Money can be a sensitive issue during times of grief, and it’s easy to simply let the costs pile up. To avoid any nasty surprises, set a dollar amount before planning begins, and let your funeral home know of your budget so they can guide you to suitable options.
3. Not Considering All Possibilities
You likely have an image in mind of the perfect funeral, but what you initially picture may not always be the best option for your family. Make sure you’re discussing major choices with your funeral director—including burial versus cremation, your choice of casket or urn, the venue for the service, and you loved one’s final resting place.
4. Losing Important Paperwork
A few papers such as wills, military records, and a death certificate are needed during funeral arrangements. Not only can these provide necessary information, but they can also give you insight into your loved one’s last wishes. Consider a safety deposit box or leaving it with an attorney for safe keeping.
5. Ignoring the Needs of the Living
There is a saying that funerals are for the living. You should make arrangements your loved one would have preferred, but don’t forget to accommodate family and friends during funeral planning, too. The timing of the ceremony, who is invited, whether or not there should be a viewing, and other decisions should be made with everyone in mind.
For help making these funeral planning decisions and avoiding mistakes, call Fred D. Knapp & Son Funeral Home in Greenwich, CT. For over 170 years, their compassionate and experienced funeral directors have been helping Fairfield County residents honor the memories of lost loved ones with dignity and care. You can reach them at (203) 869-0315 or online.