When you are preparing funeral arrangements for yourself or a loved one there are a lot of factors to consider. Of course, preparing your own funeral arrangements is not something many of us like to think of but things happen in life that might warrant the necessity and others simply like to be prepared. As we get older it is something we need to consider, this is both for our own peace of mind and to help in the process with our loved ones, so they do not have to deal with the added burden of arranging everything once we have passed, especially when it is now possible to have everything pre-arranged. Here I have gathered together some of the most important aspects of arranging a funeral. These I believe are the most personal, while others can be arranged later.
Depending on the type of ceremony that you wish to have, having the correct orator is important. It could be a family friend, a relative or a person affiliated with your religion. Having a composed and professional orator will help with your family’s issues during this time. If it is a family member think long and hard of the person and inform them beforehand of your intentions as it is a big responsibility to have.
How you would like to be laid to rest:
There are many options now for what you would lie to do with your remains. If you wish to be buried a headstone is not the only cost, as you will have to pay for the plot. You should also choose a location with meaning to you and in which you are allowed to be rested. Otherwise you could be cremated or have your remains used in the growth of tress and other positive uses. Having a religious background will aid in this decision of course and you may like to be laid to rest with other family members.
Where the ceremony will take place:
If you are not religious, then choosing a location for the funeral ceremony to take place is important. As it is still not very common its important to choose a place which allows such ceremonies, or an easier option would be for it to take place in your home. This is of course for non-religions people, otherwise it will more than likely take place in the religious house you are connected to.
This will not apply to everyone but for those of you that have issues with your family or friends you should do your best to amend this before it is to late. You do not want to leave with regrets or issues with family members. Even if you believe you are in the right and it’s a long-standing issue you will not have the opportunity to rectify anything if you leave it to late.
Although a sombre subject it is important to think about it and plan ahead both for your and your loved one’s sake.