Anybody that ever had the responsibility to plan a funeral can vouch that planning a funeral can be a dreadful exercise. You might be unusually emotional as a result of your loss and some people can even feel scattered. A good place to start is by knowing that you are in charge of the funeral. If you feel you can’t cope, find someone responsible and preferably well known to take charge on your behalf. Always keep in mind that unless you are the spouse of the deceased or have power of attorney, don’t forget to consult with other family members before making any arrangements.
Regardless whether you are the spouse or have been appointed to plan the funeral, don’t ever be too hard on yourself. Remember no matter how much pressure you feel, do not expect to push yourself beyond what you can handle emotionally, physically, spiritually or financially. It happens often that families are pushed to a point where it becomes uncomfortable in every way. Always keep in mind that doing less does not mean you didn’t love the deceased, just do what you can reasonably handle. It’s important to know and accept that not everybody has the same emotional strength.
Along with meeting all the relevant wishes of your loved ones and family members, do consider the financial situation. Did the person have funeral insurance to help settle the bill? It’s very important to stick to a budget. Know this and be assertive about this throughout the entire funeral planning process. While others may try to pressure you about spending and your budget, be content knowing you have stayed within your financial restrictions. It will not be in the best interest of the family if you over spend. Don’t intentionally take on any avoidable financial strain.
Your funeral home director will possibly be your most important contact in making your funeral arrangements. Some funeral cover providers actually include most of the services as part of the funeral insurance. Make sure you contact the provider of the policy to find out exactly what they need to process the claim. If the person did not have funeral cover, do find someone who has a good, solid reputation in your vicinity. Be prepared, this is definitely going to be a perplexing time. Having someone who can give you respectable advice regarding your available options will make the end journey a whole lot easier.