Components Of A Well Planned Funeral
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Carmen and I found that many Agers and their families plan funerals on the spur of the moment. For example, about twenty percent of the people we interviewed don’t have a planned funeral. Once a loved one has passed; the family scrambles to put together a funeral.
The information below describes the basic components of a funeral. We also cover funerals in detail here.
Disposition of the body
For example, burials occur at cemeteries and cremations at crematoriums. In addition, organ donations are managed at the hospital.
Viewing or Not Viewing The Body
Types of Funeral Services
Types of Services
If you are religious, and a religious service or burial is important, go to a local religious representative where the service will take place for counsel and advice. They are experts; you are not. In other words, rely on the religious expet.
Religious services are religious. Below are the characteristics of religious services.
Nonreligious services are secular. Below are the characteristics of non-religious services.
The term memorial service is used when the deceased’s body is unavailable.
Memorial services also can be religious or nonreligious.
Celebration of Life
Often held in conjunction with another service where mourning and the family are not the focus. In other words, some families choose a celebration as an addition to a traditional service.
Celebrations of life are just that: celebrations of a person’s life. They focus on the contributions of the deceased. They also focus on what the deceased meant to the broader community.
Other Resources On Components Of A Well Planned Funeral
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Also, a good guide to funeral planning here.