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Funeral Arrangements Checklist from Holloway Funeral Home

Published: November 13, 2020

Drafting A Will

Research indicates younger adults are more likely to plan their own funerals than older adults. Whether your loved one has shared their wishes for a funeral with you or your left planning the service based on your own beliefs regarding their wishes, planning a funeral is an emotional experience.

Your Funeral Arrangements Checklist

When you're mourning the loss of a loved one, the number of things you need to do to plan their cremation services often feels overwhelming. To ensure you don't overlook any of the details important to your friends and family, consult this funeral arrangement checklist.

1. Figure Out Your Budget

If your loved one pre-payed for their funeral or left a life insurance policy or assets to cover their bill with the funeral home, you may not have any budgetary limitations. However, if you or your loved ones are paying for the burial or cremation services yourself, it's smart to decide ahead of time how much you can comfortably spend. This will allow you to prioritize certain aspects of the funeral that are meaningful to your family. For example, if your loved one had a strong preference for a ceremony that encourages a celebration of life, you might focus your resources on items that adhere to their desires.

2. Decide Between Burial or Cremation

The next item on your funeral planning checklist is to determine if your loved one will have a burial or cremation. If you opt for a burial service, you need to decide if you want to have a viewing at a funeral home. It's perfectly acceptable to have a visitation where you greet family and friends with no viewing if desired. Should you select cremation services, know that a viewing is still a possibility. While it's not as common with cremation as it is with a burial, if it's important to your family, the funeral home will offer a viewing as an option.

3. Pick a Date and Time for the Service

Next on your funeral arrangements checklist is to pick a date and time for the service. This part is highly subjective and will depend on your family's needs. If you have family members that will need to travel into town to go to the funeral home, you may need to push the service out a week or two. Or, if most of your loved ones are local, it might be possible to have the services the same week if the funeral home has the availability and you have the emotional energy to work through your funeral planning checklist.

4. Ask People to Speak or Perform at the Funeral

Consult with your family to decide who will speak at the funeral home. Don't feel as if you're limited to family members. A close friend or your loved one's religious leader are also options. Select your speakers and see if they're willing to say a few words. Another line item to address on your funeral arrangements checklist is whether you want any music at the funeral service. If you do want music, are you hoping to have someone perform the songs live? Or, are you okay playing recording versions? You'll need to arrange for musical performers if you're hoping for a live performance.

5. Test Any Technology for the Service

Checking that any technology works before the service is scheduled to start is an essential task to put on your funeral arrangements checklist. This includes testing items like slide shows or recorded videos; you want to make sure that they play and that any audio is clear. Or, if you have plans to live stream the funeral service, confirm that you have an available device and Wi-Fi or mobile data to do so.

Contact Holloway Funeral Home for More Information about Funeral Planning

Need more help with your funeral arrangements checklist? Contact Holloway Funeral Home for assistance. Our team has years of experience helping families with funeral services and will treat you and your family with the dignity and respect you deserve during this difficult time.

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