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What You Should Consider For Funeral Services

By Adriana Noton

When you start planning funeral services no matter how soon you start to do so, there are many things to keep in mind. It’s easier if you do the planning yourself therefore you know you will be honored the way that you see fit. However, we never know when something is going to happen. So, here are some things that have to be decided for the funeral.

The first thing is you have to look at if they are being cremated or if they are being buried in a coffin.If they are doing burial in a casket, then you are going to need people to carry the casket. These are known as pall bearers. If they are being cremated, then you might have to wait for the ashes. However, some services where the person is cremated don’t have the ashes there; just a picture.

Flowers are something else that you will see at funeral services. When you see these flowers, they add a touch of beauty to the services. It’s quite common to get them as a gift for those who can’t make and from some who can be in attendance, but you might want to choose some of your own for that family member or friend who has passed.

When you are planning this sort of service, you need to consider flowers. Now, many people will send flowers if they cannot attend. However, they do make really nice arrangements that are to be laid on top of the casket at the funeral. They have ribbons that say what the person is to you like father, mother, husband, grandpa, etc.

Then, there is if you want it to be secular or Christian. Many times, the day that they are going to lay a person to rest, they go about doing so with a service. They do readings and sometimes, people will deliver a message. The flow and the message might differ due to the religious beliefs or lack thereof. They might also have different locations. Some do this at the funeral home. Some do this at the gravesite.

The location of the grave should be specified. For people who are cremated, they can either be buried, placed in a mausoleum, or the family can take the ashes home.Then, if they are buries they can be buried above ground or they can be buried underground. Most of the time, people will decide this ahead of time so that the family don’t have to figure this out. This might be explained in the will.

Then there is what you will wear to be buried in. Now, sometimes the families pick this out. Other times, the individual picks this out themselves. It might be something casual. For some, it might be a uniform that they are quite used to. Some will give the makeup artists a picture so that the hair and makeup can be used to make the person look like they would have if they were alive or as close to it as possible.

Now, you have an idea of where to begin. When you select a funeral director if one hasn’t been selected for you, then they will be able to help you along the way. There are many things that you have to know and have to remember. Therefore, you have an inside look at what you need to do and what needs to be done. It’s a time to reflect on the life that was lead.

Losing a loved one is difficult; it is a time of mourning and having to plan a funeral is emotionally staining. Though, with the appropriate resources this pain can be ease a little allowing for families and friends to come together in this time of pain.

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Noton, Adriana "What You Should Consider For Funeral Services." What You Should Consider For Funeral Services. 23 Jun. 2010. 6 Aug 2014 <>.

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Noton, A (2010, June 23). What You Should Consider For Funeral Services. Retrieved August 6, 2014, from

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Noton, Adriana "What You Should Consider For Funeral Services"

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