Funeral Arrangements

In times of loss, it can be extremely difficult to navigate the waters of grief, and funeral and/or burial arrangements can be taxing on all those involved. Although it is a grim subject, being prepared for these arrangements can only make the process that much easier when the time comes. While none of us want to face the subject of our own mortality, it is important to have a funeral plan for our loved ones in the event of our passing.

Of course, there are also unforeseen circumstances where arrangements are needed without warning, and while these times are the most difficult, having some knowledge of what to look for when making funeral and/or burial arrangements can help to ease the burden as much as possible. Whether planning in advance or making arrangements when the time comes, it is important to be aware of your options for any and all arrangement possibilities.

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How to Make Funeral Arrangements?

Making funeral and/or burial arrangements include a variety of different steps, and while each are difficult in times of grief, it is important to be armed with this knowledge when the time comes for making funeral arrangements.

In the event of the death of a loved one, the first step in the process of arrangements is that of the “first call”. This call is to be made to a local funeral home, which may be specified if a funeral arrangement plan was put into effect before the time of death. If not, you will need to select a funeral home for the body to be brought to and to start the arranging process. The important information you will need when making this call includes:

  1. Name, address and social security number of deceased
  2. Time of death and location of body
  3. Name and phone number of attending physician
  4. Your name, address, phone number and relation to the deceased

After calling the funeral home, other “first call” notifications should be made to the primary attending physician of the deceased, the local police station, and family and friends. Scroll down to learn more about the next steps for making funeral arrangements.

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Many people are completely unaware of the amount of funeral arrangements that are required when a loved one dies. There are a number of steps that must be followed to arrange a funeral or burial. Some of the steps to follow are selecting a funeral home, choosing burial or cremation, selecting a cemetery, deciding on the type of memorial service, selecting funeral products, and more. Read the topics below to learn more about how to arrange a funeral for a loved one.

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Additional Funeral Arrangement Steps

Funeral Service – Once your “first call” notifications have been made it is important to contact the funeral home to discuss the actual funeral and/or burial arrangements. These arrangements range from funeral services and casket choice to flower arrangements. Most funeral homes are equipped to take care of all of your needs in one place.

Cemetery Arrangements – Cemetery arrangements are a separate arrangement that deals with where your loved one will be laid to rest. Most funeral plans have specifications to this regard, but in the event of an unexpected death or lack of funeral plan, cemetery arrangements must be made. These arrangements include decisions on tombs, graves, mausoleums, and the like.

Memorial Products – There are numerous options when it comes to products for funeral and memorial services. Many common products include caskets, head stones/grave markers, cremation urns, and many others. These products are available though the funeral home of your choice, or individual manufacturers and retailers.

Settling Financial, Administrative, and Estate Matters - After the death of a loved one it is important to make sure that their legal and financial affairs are put in order following the funeral and/or burial. Some of these matters include title changes, sending out death notices, and filing death benefit claims among others.

Making funeral and/or burial arrangements is never an easy task, but having the knowledge of what needs to be done in your time of grief can make it as easy as possible considering the circumstances.


Choose a Funeral Home

In the event of losing a loved one, choosing a funeral home can be a painful process. If there is no specification put in place by a funeral plan, finding the right funeral home to suit your needs should not be difficult. Local funeral homes offer a variety of different services and are there to help you through the difficult time of making arrangements for the funeral and/or burial of your loved one. It is important to choose a funeral home that you are comfortable dealing with and gives you the confidence that all of your arrangements will be handled with the care and compassion that you and your loved ones deserve.


Decide on the Type of Service

There are many different types of service for funerals and burials, and your choice will come down to your personal beliefs and taste. Some of the most common funeral services include:

While these are not the only types of funeral and burial services offered at the time of loss, they are the most common. Funeral and burial services can be held in a variety of places including churches, temples, synagogues, funeral home chapels, homes, gravesides, and cemetery chapels. Funeral and/or burial services can also be customized as to who can attend which parts of the service, which makes the grieving process more personalized to the family’s needs.


Select Funeral Products

To go along with the services for your loved one’s funeral and/or burial, there are a variety of funeral and memorial products to be considered including those that are imperative to the funeral and/or burial service and products that help keep the memory of your loved one alive with you. Some of these products include: 

  • Caskets
  • Urns
  • Funeral flowers
  • Music
  • Memorial website
  • Video tribute
  • Funeral stationary
  • Memorial artwork
  • Memorial jewelry
  • Funeral food/drink
  • Grave blankets
  • Memorial frames


The process of making funeral arrangements can be very difficult and extremely emotional. Whether an unexpected death or a life that has run its course, arrangements for funerals and/or burials are made the easiest when you have knowledge on your side. Choosing the right funeral home is imperative to making your funeral and/or burial arrangements go as smoothly as possible, and from there you will have someone to guide you through the process and give you the support that you need at this difficult time. 

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