Perhaps the most difficult realization each of us must face is our own death – or the passing of a loved one. Dealing with the grief of a death is much less challenging if preparations have been made in advance. Unfortunately, car wrecks, eighteen wheeler accidents and other tragedies often take a life suddenly and without warning.
The process of funeral planning may aid those left behind in dealing with the beginnings of their grief. What follows are some of the rudimentary steps for planning a funeral.
1. Begin by calling the immediate parties that should be notified of the loved one’s death. Allow yourself to be surrounded by family and friends who will be able to provide emotional and practical support in this trying time.
2. Determine if the deceased has any final wishes which may guide the decision-making process.
3. If the deceased has not made any prearranged funeral plans, then you must decide where the body of the deceased is to be removed to. Contact that funeral director to arrange a meeting at which time the details of the funeral can be decided. This includes everything from the type of service to the casket; burial or cremation; markers and online memory books.
4. Meet with officials of the selected cemetery to purchase interment property (e.g., grave plot, crypt, niche for an urn, etc.).
In many instances the suddenness of the loss completely incapacitates some family members making the planning of the funeral and extremely difficult process. Seeking help from family members, friends and your church can be an invaluable source of support during a time of great need.
Grief counseling is available in many different venues, and is highly recommended for those who are struggling dealing with a sudden loss of a loved one. Do not be afraid to seek help.
Unfortunately, after the funeral there are often many details that remain unresolved or otherwise require attention.
Greg Baumgartner is a Texas injury lawyer and also the founder of the Baumgartner Law Firm, which is located at 6711 FM 1960 West, Houston, Tx 77069, 281-587-1111.