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Practical Tips to Consider When Making Funeral Arrangements

Published: January 24, 2022

If you’ve just lost a loved one, you probably know exactly how stressful it can be to handle final arrangements. The grief that comes with the loss is one thing—but the stress over having to take care of all the final details within a short period of time is of an entirely different level.

Plus, the financial costs that come with arranging a funeral can compound all the stress and take a heavy toll on the immediate family members of the deceased.

As such, it really is no surprise if during these stressful times old family feuds or squabbles resurface. Unfortunately, there is no way you can avoid a discussion of these final arrangements, no matter how painful it is for everyone involved.

So in this article, let’s look at a few things to remember when managing roles and obligations during a funeral.

Getting Everything in Order

While it would be great if everything regarding the funeral has already been pre-arranged, this is rarely the case for most funerals. So to make sure that everything during the funeral is well-taken care of, it is important for the leader of the family to set clear roles for each member.

It can be tempting to handle everything yourself, but it would be wiser and more efficient if you delegate tasks to other members of the family who can very well take care of the role.

For example, you can probably assign a family member to compile photos and videos of your loved one which you can use for the memorial service or the obituary, while another family member is in charge of calling extended family. This is a great way for you to save on tasks that would otherwise cost you a good deal of time.

If you are the leader of the family, you should also consider any heated disagreements that may occur between the family members before you decide on who will handle which role.

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Taking Care of Online Accounts

More often than not, this is the task that most family members forget about when attending to the final arrangements for the deceased. But this is also one of the most important, especially because it involves securing any sensitive digital information of the deceased, such as their social security number, bank account details, and voting records.

It is also important to ensure that any social media and messaging accounts of the deceased are updated and deactivated so that they’re not taken advantage of by scammers. If the deceased has set up legacy contacts, make sure to be in touch with them so they can handle the necessary arrangements needed to memorialize your loved one’s online accounts.

Handling the Burial or Cremation of your Loved One

Before anything can be finalized, it is important for family members to take the religious beliefs and sentiments of the deceased. For instance, some religious beliefs may dictate a specific tradition with regards to the funeral, so knowing and observing these is important in showing respect for the wishes of the deceased or of their closest family members.

Others may also find it difficult to know their loved one is being cremated, regardless of religious background or beliefs. So make sure to check with immediate family members before deciding whether a loved one is to be cremated or not.

It is also important to double-check whether the deceased has left instructions regarding funeral arrangements in their last will and testament.

Whatever funeral arrangements are made in the end, it is important for you to ensure that everyone’s voice is heard before making any decisions. Need more assistance with funeral planning? Roupp Funeral Home is here to help!

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