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How To Plan A Funeral Service

Having to put together a funeral service for a loved one who has recently died can seem overwhelming at first. You may worry that you won't be able to handle all of the necessary tasks. The good news is there are professionals who are ready to make the planning process so much easier for you. You can plan a great service that honors your loved one's life. Keep reading to learn how to plan a funeral service:

Reach Out to Family and Friends

The first step is to communicate with your family and friends about your loved one's death. Everyone will need time to get off of work and your family will want to help to do their part to help you plan and make the whole experience less stressful. 

Contact a Funeral Home

It'll be so much easier if you work directly with a funeral home. They handle planning affairs on a daily basis and they know which steps you need to take. They will also be there to answer your questions and they can help you work through the important planning decisions that need to be made. 

Decide on a Burial or Cremation

If your loved one never made their wishes clear, you'll need to decide if they will be buried or cremated. A funeral home can help you better understand your options and the costs of each. You can talk with family and friends to make this big choice. Whatever you choose, you'll be able to plan a memorable and meaningful funeral service.

Consider Your Loved One's Life and Interests

To plan the funeral service in itself, you'll want to take time to consider your loved one's life and their interests and passions. You can weave these interests, their career, and their accomplishments into the ceremony. Consider showcasing photos of their life, discussing their biggest moments, and asking special people in their lives to give a eulogy. 

Announce the Memorial

You'll need to decide if you will hold a smaller more intimate memorial or if it will be open to the public. A funeral home can help you make official announcements and write an obituary so that everyone knows when and where the service will be held. 

No matter what you do, you'll be making an impact by honoring your loved one's life and helping friends and family to gather together during a difficult time. If you have any questions, or if you're ready to start planning, contact a funeral home like Shepherd Funeral Home in your area.