How To Plan A Funeral

 Some parts of a funeral are practical, while the funeral service itself is an opportunity to honour the life of a loved one. It can be a time for grieving, thanksgiving, reflection, celebrating a life and many other things.

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As part of their professional services, funeral directors are experts at handling all complicated parts, such as the paperwork, logistics and practical elements involved.

A good funeral director can help and guide you, as you think about how to mourn your loved one. They will support you however you want or need. 


People don’t usually invite people to a funeral. Instead, people often post the details of the funeral arrangements on social media or in the local paper. Usually, people will find out all the details through a death notice or obituary. The funeral director can arrange this for you. An obituary can include details of whether it is a private service or open to anyone who wishes to pay their respects, dress code and any requests, such as donating to a charity instead of sending flowers. If you do wish to receive to flowers, the funeral home can take delivery of these for you and arrange them to be displayed during the funeral for other mourners to see. 

Funeral Themes

An online obituary is also where the family can make requests for the mourners to follow a specific dress code at the funeral, or wear to a meaningful emblem of some kind. For example, one quite common request is for people to wear bright colours in somebody’s memory to celebrate their life instead of mourning their passing.

If someone was in a particular service or profession, colleagues or comrades might choose to wear their uniform, provide a formal or informal guard of honour or perform other ceremonial gestures of respect.

Technology is a way for friends and family members who live a long way away or who cannot attend the funeral for any reason to still play a part. Many funeral homes can arrange for funeral services to be live-streamed if you ask them to so that people can pay their respects even if they can’t attend in person.

Close friends, family members, or workers who cared for the deceased can be asked to be pallbearers at the funeral. The pallbearers are the ones who will carry the coffin from the hearse into the service.

Who can officiate at a funeral service?

A funeral does not have to be led by a religious minister if you would prefer it not to be. A funeral can even be led by a friend or family member, although many people might not feel comfortable doing this. A lot of people chose to have a celebrant to officiate the funeral so they can include poems and readings instead of scripture and prayers, or words with a spiritual, but not religious meaning. Some religious funerals can include some non-religious words or music that have meaning to the family or to the person who has passed. 

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