Writing Your Own Funeral Service for a Loved One
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Writing Your Own Funeral Service for a Loved One

Hi, my name is Crystal, and I love tradition and ritual, but I also love novel things and creating something special just for one person. When my mum died a few years ago, I decided that I wanted to write her funeral service – not just my eulogy, but the whole service. I wanted to tie in traditional elements as well as Bible verses and poems that she loved, but I also wanted something that was just for her and her alone. I learned a lot through that experience. If you have lost a loved one, I extend you my sympathy. I know how that feels, and I want to help with the funeral service. This blog has ideas and tips for writing your own service as well as a range of other things. I hope it helps.


Writing Your Own Funeral Service for a Loved One

All You Need To Know About Funeral Directors

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The funeral director assists with the funeral planning process to ensure the immediate family has adequate time to grieve the deceased. Below is a guide on the work of funeral directors and the considerations you should make when hiring the professional.

What Is The Work Of Funeral Directors? 

A funeral director's work begins months or years before the death of the deceased. It is especially so if you would want to plan your funeral. The director will help you choose a suitable funeral home. Your preferred type of funeral, location, burial rights and budget are key determinants when selecting a funeral home. An experienced director will also provide advice on prepaid funeral plans. For instance, it is advisable to work with a service provider that customises the policy to suit your needs. Preferably, you should choose a plan that pays all kinds of funeral expenses. These may include cemetery fees, morgue charges, transport, tents and chairs, catering, the master of ceremony and the venue. 

When hired by family members, the director will conduct some due diligence to understand the expectations of their clients. More often than not, funeral arrangements are done in a hurry since family members would want to bury the deceased in the shortest possible time. As such, the director will use their connections to secure a burial site and organise catering for guests. They will work with family members to send burial notifications, obituaries to local media outlets and prepare the funeral program. The director will also plan a funeral wake and book a funeral venue. They should also secure parking for guests and provide portaloos. 

Choosing a Funeral Director

The funeral director is a critical aspect of the funeral planning process. So how do you choose a director? Below are some tips: 

  • Work with directors that have positive reviews from previous clients. A good reputation will help improve your confidence in the director's services.
  • The director must have excellent communication skills. They will interact with service providers, close family members and guests.
  • Check the director's terms. For instance, what guarantees does the professional provide? Are you allowed to cancel the contract?
  • The director should have a good financial record. Remember, they may have to pay some of the expenses out of pocket before receiving final payments.

Your funeral director must have a licence to provide services in your state. They should also have adequate insurance coverage.  

For more information on funeral directors, reach out to a company like Nelson Bros Funeral Services.