How to Plan a Funeral (continued) (back to Notifications)


If a Final Disposition Plan is Available...

Once everyone has been notified, you must make the decisions on final disposition of the remains. Generally, most families will do this together, making the decision which best suits the deceased. If the deceased showed love through having their funeral arranged and paid for in advance, you'll have little to do but grieve. If not, here are some things you'll need to know.

Making the Decisions

Remember you are not alone. Do your best to make informed decisions that are in the best interest of the memory of your late loved one. Consider who they were as a person. What religion were they if any? What type of personality did they have? How would they want to be remembered? These and many more questions are necessary to consider while planning their funeral and burial. It can be daunting, so be sure to have a close friend or family member nearby.

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Getting Input From Family During Grieving

Make sure to request other friends or family members of the deceased for help and ideas. During this period of deep grief it is important to have as much support as possible. Try to stay as organized as possible through the next 24-48 hours. Keeping a pen and paper handy to take notes, jot down ideas or track a list of 'to do' items will help you.

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