What to Discuss at the Funeral Arrangement MeetingDecember 20, 2016
Arranging a funeral can be overwhelming. There are a lot of decisions to be made and not a lot of time to make them. Our hope is that by breaking down the process, we can make things a little simpler.
Before going into the arrangement meeting, it’s a good idea to know who’s going to call the shots. While the whole family is invited to be a part of the process, it helps to have a designated decision-maker. Usually the responsibility falls to the executor or legal next of kin. Either way, knowing ahead of time can save a lot of stress and frustration.
What Type of Funeral?
Are you looking for a traditional funeral service? A cremation followed by a celebration of life? A graveside service? These are all questions that will come up at the arrangement meeting so it can be helpful to have an idea as to which direction you’re headed in. If your loved one left a will, chances are they’ve given you a hint as to what they wanted. In instances where there were no final requests, it’s up to the family to decide.
Regardless of the type of service you decide on, you need to understand how the pricing works. A funeral home is legally obligated to provide a detailed price list so that consumers know where their money is going. When meeting with your funeral director, don’t hesitate to ask for clarifications on anything you’re unsure about. They’re there to help.
Finally, when it comes to arranging a funeral, be prepared to make some choices regarding merchandise. From caskets and urns to flowers and catering, you’ll have the opportunity to decide what’s important to you. Take your time when making your selection, don’t be afraid to ask questions, and spend some time going over your options with your family.
If you have any questions or would like find out more about the funeral arrangement meeting, please don’t hesitate to contact us at any time.