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Making Arrangements

One of the most tedious and difficult aspects of dealing with funeral services is making the arrangements for the deceased. In an ideal situation, your loved one has taken care of most of the arrangements prior to their death and they have mapped out some of the main elements that they want to have included in their funeral service. However, if an unexpected death has occurred or if the individual never had time to focus on preparing for funeral services while they were alive, you will probably be given the responsibility of handling making the arrangements on your own. While this can be difficult, it is something that everyone eventually has to do and it doesn’t have to be as overwhelming as we commonly allow it to be.

Think about the type of services that your loved one would have wanted. Everyone has a few personal preferences that are ideal to incorporate into a funeral service. For some people, it’s as simple as using their favorite flowers or handling special elements of the burial service. Other times, people feel that it needs to be more elaborate if their loved one never devoted the time towards making these arrangements on their own. Although you do want to create something that would be a respectful representation of your loved one and their transition, it’s also important not to overspend yourself or your finances in trying to create something elaborate to commemorate the memory of your loved one.

There are a lot of options that are worth considering, certainly. The funeral director and some of the staff can help by walking you through some of the options that are available and explaining to you some of the differences. If you are focusing on the amount of expense that you will have to deal with in order to handle these arrangements, simply communicating to these individuals that you are working on this funeral while on a budget can help you to find access to cheaper options which may be just as suitable as some of the more expensive choices that are available.

Asking questions is always a good way to get more insight into the situation and what you need to accomplish next while you are handling the arrangements. For anyone who has never handled funeral arrangements in the past, it can be very overwhelming to deal with. However, if you take everything a day at a time and ask questions about the elements that you are uncertain about, it can be very helpful. Another option is to always take another family member or a close friend with you so that you can focus on handling the arrangements while getting input from another person who may have more insight into the situation.

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Amy Wright is the Lead Editor of Remodeling Central. When she isn't playing with her dogs she is trying to remodel a classic Chicago style brownstone with her husband.

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