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Arranging a funeral is not only hard emotionally; it is also physically taxing since there are numerous things that need to be considered. And for someone who does not have any experience in arranging one, it could be fairly overwhelming.

Similar to most things, arranging for a funeral must be done systematically and orderly since there are steps that are dependent on you finishing other arrangements first. In this guide, you should start by talking to a funeral director and or the funeral service if the deceased made prepayments for their own funeral plan, purchase a cemetery lot or a mausoleum space if the deceased preferred to be buried, the funeral rites,

Talk to a Funeral Director

After the death, you would need to move the body from the hospital or nursing home, wherever the death occurred. Before this, you would be required to coordinate with a funeral director for the completion of the death certificate. Before meeting with the funeral director make sure that you have the answer whether the deceased preferred to be buried or cremated.

Nowadays, people have been preparing for their own death by availing of a prepaid funeral plan. Find out if the deceased availed of such plans beforehand to avoid double payment. Inquire regarding the services that are included in the plan such as full body embalming and other options.

Cemetery Arrangements

If the deceased wished to be buried, the next step is making cemetery arrangements. Usually this is already included in the prepaid funeral plan. But if this is not included, then you have to purchase a cemetery lot or a mausoleum space. You could ask the funeral director for recommendations as there is a high chance they have affiliations with nearby cemeteries.

Rites

Normally, there are rites around the interment. A funeral which is happening before the body is buried or cremated, a graveside service with a pastor or a priest which is happening at the graveyard and memorial service where mourners gather after the burial or cremation to remember the deceased. After the cemetery arrangements, the funeral rites should be decided and if there would be pre or post service events, if it is an open casket for the viewing, what the deceased would be wearing, keepsakes for the body to be buried and or cremated in, etc.

Transportation

If the body is going to be buried, the next thing you have to arrange is transportation to transfer the casket from the location of the funeral to the cemetery as a final resting place. Usually, funeral homes offer a hearse as part of their services. Decide also if family members, friends and other mourners would walk or follow with their respective vehicles in a funeral procession.

No one wants to plan for a funeral but since this is something that is bound to happen to us knowing how to arrange for it beforehand might make the moving on easier and would give us the chance to serve our departed family, friend or loved one, one last time.

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