Steps in the Planning of a Funeral
The process of making funeral arrangements is actually an informal conference between the family and the funeral director that can last between 1 and 2 hours. Within this time period, the family will determine what kind of service the decedent will have - a traditional service or a memorial service or a combination of both. Whether a family chooses the complete traditional service, cremation with a memorial service celebrated then or at a later date, the funeral director will adapt to the individual wishes of each family he is serving, knowing that as no two individuals are alike, no two families are alike in the way they wish to honor and bury their loved ones. After this decision is made, the funeral director will proceed to gather information about the deceased to complete a death certificate and the obituary for the newspapers. In this portion of the discussion, the funeral director will discuss in more detail the service the family would specifically like- when and where the service is to be held, presiding clergy, any fraternal service and visitation.
This part of the conference will then move to the financial portion of the funeral arrangements. The funeral director will explain the third party expenses that are known as cash advances that are paid at the time they are ordered. Examples of these expenses are Cemetery- purchasing opening and closing of the grave, gratuity for the clergy and organist, copies of death certificates and if cremation, crematory fees. The funeral director will then explain the charges for his services and the use of the facilities for the funeral. Selection of a casket and vault will be next and prices vary greatly depending on what a family wishes. At the end of this process of making the arrangements an itemized statement of all charges will be given to the family.