Funeral Arrangements Guide

The death of a loved one can be devastating. It is a time of sorrow and learning to let go of the loved one whom you hold dear is a process which takes time. Regardless how painful the circumstances are, it is important to remember that there are important things which need your attention, such as the funeral arrangements for your loved one. Below is a brief guide which will make the process a lot easier for you.


While the deceased is still at the place of death, be it a home or a hospital, it is your responsibility to make the first call. This so called “first call” is used to arrange the transportation for your deceased loved one to a funeral service facility or a funeral home.

During the first call there is the initial transfer from the place of death to the funeral home. In some cases, a second transfer may be required. It is important to take these things into mind.

Funeral arrangements

After the deceased loved one has been transported to the funeral home and then being made ready for the viewing and funeral, it is time for you to think about the arrangements.  There are numerous decisions which are involved such as the final disposition of the body and the funeral products which are to be used. Most people usually turn to funeral directors for help when it comes to these things.

Funeral and memorial products

Today, there are various caskets and coffins available. Some can be expensive and some cheap, depending on the material used. If you have the money and would like to get a durable casket which can protect your loved one’s deceased body, you should go for the metal casket. You might want to search online for a local funeral home which can offer you good products and services for reasonable prices. Although death is a time for morning and you want your deceased loved one to have the best possible send-off to the afterlife, you also want to make sure that you get value for your money.

Cemetery arrangements

There are less problems for people and families who have already purchased cemetery lots for their loved ones. However, if a property has not been purchased yet for your loved one, you need to meet with the representative of your chosen cemetery to purchase a place where your loved one can be interred. If you really do not have the time, you can get the funeral director to make the arrangements for you.

Other matters

Once you have buried your loved one, you should turn your attention to other important matters such as putting the affairs of your loved one in order. You need to let concerned parties know that he or she has gone. You should also file death benefit claims as well as changing the deceased’s assets. The sooner you put these things in order, the better off you will be and the less problems you will have.