Plan a Funeral

A plan funeral is not complicated to develop, so long as you approach it intentionally and with some forethought. A funeral offers family and loved ones the chance to grieve and to express their feelings, which is a healthy part of dealing with grief. There are a few things to consider when you plan a funeral.

No formal training is necessary to learn how to plan a funeral. You simply need to think about the life of the deceased and the things that were most characteristic of that person, and then build a service around that person. A memorial service seeks to capture a glimpse into that person's life with stories about the departed, readings from writings that were meaningful to that person, and perhaps video or pictures of that person's life.

An outline of a plan funeral might include a greeting to guests, a scripture or literary reading, a eulogy, prayers, and music appropriate to that person's life. The plan funeral is only a skeleton that is filled in by the details of that life. What was the person's favorite music? Are there songs or hymns appropriate for the family that will gather? Are there letters from or to that person that might be shared? Can someone put together a collage or video montage of pictures from the deceased's life? To plan a funeral, you need only compile the elements that best summarize the impressions people have of that person.

You may be thinking, "I need to plan my funeral." Taking the initiative to organize your own service takes a burden off your family. A pre paid funeral plan also relieves them from paying some significant bills at a time where they are dealing with loss. To plan your funeral, think through your favorite music, appropriate texts from Scripture, and poetry or literary readings that you like. You can even write a letter to your family that can be read at the service. If you do so, it gives you the opportunity to write with graciousness a letter that offers words of comfort to them. A pre plan funeral is a sensitive way to care for your family.

In all of this, if you have hesitations or questions, don't hesitate to consult with a funeral director or funeral home. They are available to help you plan services, and bring their own expertise and experience to the process.

Planning a low cost funeral service is not complicated. It simply takes some reflection on the loved one who has passed. A good place to begin is to ask the people who knew that person best what kinds of things they would want to see at a funeral.

02 Jan 2016

By James M.