It’s an unfortunate fact of life, but we’ll all pass away someday. While we can do everything we can to make treasured memories with our loved ones, there comes a time when you need to lay them to rest.
ANd when it does, you want to be prepared. There’s nothing worse than grieving and having to figure out such important matters.
In this article, we’ll discuss what you can expect when meeting with a funeral director to plan a memorial.
Choose the Right Mortuary and Funeral Director
The first step is to choose the right mortuary. That way, you can ensure that both the mortuary and the funeral director will be able to accommodate some sensitive things, such as your budget, religion, culture, and more.
Good funeral directors will put you at ease and be empathetic. You’ll feel like you can trust their direction and that you can rely on them in your time of greatest needs.
Once you’ve chosen a funeral director, you’ll sit down for a meeting, or the arrangement conference. They’ll ask if any important legal steps need to be taken, such as filing the death certificate.
Once the legal side of things is handled, then your funeral director will focus the majority of the meeting on which services you’d like for your deceased love one. For this reason, it might be a good idea to brainstorm and get some ideas out on paper before the appointment. That way, while you’re discussing them, the funeral director can let you know right away if they’re feasible or not.
If your loved one hasn’t already been buried, entombed, or cremated, the funeral director will talk about this first. For example, with cremation, you’ll explore what you can do with your loved one’s remains.
As for the memorial itself, your funeral director will lay out some key points that need to be addressed. First is the location; would you like the memorial to be at the funeral home or in one of your loved one’s favorite spots?
If you want to have speakers at the memorial, your funeral director will also help you plan this. For instance, they can help you source good scriptures or poems to go along with the service.
And lastly, they’ll help with finding appropriate music, as well as any equipment that may be needed to hold your memorial (such as microphones, speakers, projectors, etc).
Cherish the Memories of Your Loved One
It can be extremely difficult to lose a loved one. But with a good funeral director on your side, you’ll be able to plan a memorial that’ll celebrate your loved one’s life.
And by knowing the planning components of a memorial, you’ll feel more comfortable going into your meeting. Put your anxieties aside and look forward to a productive and meaningful session.
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