What Families Need to Know About Funerals

The funeral service has evolved through the years as a result of our instinctive wish to honor our dead and to comfort the bereaved. The ceremony of the funeral symbolizes the beliefs of a culture, its hopes, its ideals, its spiritual concepts.

The funeral service has evolved through the years as a result of our instinctive wish to honor our dead and to comfort the bereaved. The ceremony of the funeral symbolizes the beliefs of a culture, its hopes, its ideals, its spiritual concepts. 

Just as there is complexity in life, so are there many dimensions of the modern funeral. It generally involves religious, social, fraternal, civic and military organizations. It is affected by local, state and federal laws and regulations. But most importantly, the funeral is a vital part of the process by which the bereaved begins to adjust to a way of life that has been abruptly altered.

If you are the one to whom your family may turn for leadership or assistance at such a time, you will want to be as well prepared as possible. It is not an easy feat especially in such an emotionally difficult time. If you will organize your loved one’s funeral, you will be in charge of a number of responsibilities such as:

  • Informing the family, friends, and workmates
  • Working closely with the funeral director by providing the necessary documents and deciding on details regarding the funeral, visitation, and burial.
  • Creating the write-up for obituary announcement
  • Choosing who will do the eulogies as well as pallbearers
  • Disposing and distributing the personal belongings of the deceased
  • Sending out thank you notes after the service
  • Attending legal matters and carrying out the deceased’s will

These are just some of the tasks following a death in the family. Your funeral director can assist you even further with specific questions or concerns you may have. 

 

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