Planning for a funeral is one of the hardest things people have to do in their lives. It happens at a time when you are already emotionally devastated. To make matters worse, the process of planning a funeral can be cumbersome. It’s extremely important to choose a good funeral home, who will handle all matters related to the funeral in the most efficient way possible.
If you want to make the process easier for your loved ones, you can prepare for the funeral ahead of time. Most arrangements that need to be made can be made ahead of time. From crematoriums to caskets, Salt Lake City has a range of options to choose from, no matter what your budget is. Here, we walk you through the steps involved in planning a funeral.
Talk about the cost options
Funerals are usually arranged according to your budget. There are options available for every budget. Depending on your budget and culture, you can choose to go for an embalming procedure. You can also choose between different funeral homes; some can offer you discounts. Family-run businesses that you know from before are more likely to provide you with discounts or the option to pay in installments.
Choose the right casket, tombstone, or urn
Next, you are going to have to choose the appropriate casket, tombstone, or urn for the deceased. There are many different models available, which you can pick among from a catalog or display. When it comes to caskets, elaborate, metal caskets can be expensive and heavy. Thick, wooden, and burnished carpets can also be quite expensive.
Cheaper options include wooden caskets, which can be simple but beautiful. Gravestones come in a range of prices as well, depending on whether you choose marble, granite, or any other type of stone. Urns are generally more affordable, though some beautiful and ornate urns can be quite expensive, too.
Make arrangements for the service
You are also going to have to make all the arrangements for the service. Usually, the funeral home will help you with the whole process. They should provide you with a room to organize the service and usually catering. You can choose to have your own catering, though this will likely cost you more.
If you don’t want to deal with the added task of finding vendors, ask your funeral home for contacts of florists and caterers. They will surely have reliable links. You can then choose a priest to do the service itself. Last but not least, you will have to pick the right music to remember your loved one by. You can organize live performances, and you will have to arrange how the speeches will go. Finally, before and after the ceremony, you are going to have to close all the legal formalities.
Arranging a funeral is a hectic process. A good funeral home is key as they can lighten your load. During the planning process, make sure to reach out for help when you need it. There are always people who will be more than happy to do their share in times of need.