Arranging a Funeral
When faced with having to make funeral arrangements, most people
have no prior experience in organising such an event and little idea
of what to do.
All reputable funeral directors can provide a wide range of services to
suit your precise needs. They can help you make the funeral as simple
or elaborate as you want, and the cost will be reflected accordingly.
Initial interviews with the funeral director can be at their offices or in
your home, whichever you prefer. At these interviews they will
generally ask what type of funeral arrangements you desire.
While some people may have a fairly clear knowledge of the arrangements
they want to make, others may want to consider a myriad of alternatives
before making any decisions.
The funeral director is there to guide and advise you on the many
matters which need to be considered.
Funeral of your choice
Funerals today can reflect the life of the deceased person, at the same time assisting the bereaved in the grieving process. Whilst funerals are usually sad occasions, meaningful funerals can assist people to cope with their loss. Such funerals can be sources of strength, hope and peace.
Funeral directors have the facilities and expertise to offer you a full range of options. They will discuss your preferences and assist you to plan an appropriate funeral service.
Decisions to make include:
When and where you would like the funeral to be held
The type of service you desire
If burial or cremation will follow the service (for many people this is an emotional issue, reflecting religious or ethnic attitudes and family traditions)
Which coffin or casket and clothing you want for the deceased
Whether you want a viewing, which can play an important part in the resolution of grief
Who you would like to be involved
What floral arrangements and motor vehicles would be appropriate and any other relevant matters
Types of funeral services
There are many different types of funeral services that can be conducted. Most churches or religious groups have specific services that are relevant to their beliefs and which cater to the needs of their members. Funeral directors encourage people to discuss the alternatives with them and regardless of the type selected, they will act with care and consideration and will ensure the funeral is as individual as possible.
Why have a funeral service
A funeral is for those who are living. It is a celebration of the life of a loved one, who has died. Everyone who has been touched by the life of the deceased needs the opportunity to share in that celebration. They need the chance to say goodbye. While enabling us to say goodbye, funerals also fulfil other important needs. They recognise the life of the deceased person,can strengthen family ties and responsibilities, reinforce beliefs about life and death, express their emotions and encourage them as they prepare for the future.