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Practical Steps for Planning a Funeral

Planning a Funeral

When one is bereaved, the person goes through a whirlpool of emotions. Oftentimes some people just want to curl up and be left alone but unfortunately, that is not possible, especially if you are the one responsible for the funeral arrangements and all.

At this point in one’s life, there should be a balance between grieving and pragmatism so that things do not go wrong. Although it is easier said than done, with the right support system, you can garner the fortitude to do what you have to do. You can visit for more guidance and help.

As mentioned earlier, amid all the grief and sorrow, someone must make arrangements and get things done properly. Therefore, this article will list practical steps for planning a funeral, so stay with us.

Practical Things to Do When You Lose a Loved One

When someone dies, they leave behind a lot of unfinished business. No matter how well organized the person was, there would be accounts to close, bills to pay, a host of obligations to honor, and other ‘little’ or huge issues to handle. But in the immediate, the following is a list of things that you must do both to stay within the ambit of the law and get plans in motion for the funeral: -

Obtain a Legal Pronouncement of Death

Pronouncement of death is what enables you to get a death certificate which is a very crucial document for the family of the deceased. Without a death certificate, you cannot legally conduct a funeral. Additionally, you cannot settle the estate of the deceased and other legal issues.

If the person dies in the hospital or under hospice care, it is quite easy to get a death certificate because the medical personnel in charge will declare the person dead and then issue a death certificate. If, however, the person died at home or in a place where there are no medical personnel, you need to call 911 so that they can be moved to a hospital or medical facility where they can be legally pronounced dead and then issued the death certificate.

Planning a Funeral

Make Arrangements for the Body

Some people may have given instructions on what to do with their body upon their death. If your loved one was one of those, ensure that you follow their instructions. Others may not have any specific instructions, and this means that you have to make the decision. You may at this point decide to place them in a morgue and hand them over to a funeral home or crematorium. And if it is a case where they had instructed to have their organs donated to science, the body goes to a medical institution.

Inform Family, Friends, and Loved Ones

The next step is to inform family, friends, and loved ones. You can do this in person or get a trusted authority figure to help you (an example is a religious leader). These days where families have social media groups where they keep in touch, this becomes easier and faster as you do not have to go to each one individually or call; you can just send the message to everyone.

Inform Employers or Employees

Another set of people to inform are the employers of the deceased or their employees. In the process of informing the employer, find out about outstanding pay checks and other things that the deceased is entitled to.Also, remember to pick up their personal items from the workplace.

Considerations as you Plan the Funeral

In addition to the tasks enumerated above, you may also need to take care of children and pets. At this stage, we believe that you should have seen the will of the deceased to know whether they had specific instructions for their funeral but if not, below is a checklist to help you out: -

  1. Cremation or burial?
  2. What type of service to be held or funeral rites to observe
  3. Writing of the Obituary; should it be online or in the papers?
  4. Location for the burial or ashes
  5. Type of casket or container for the ashes
  6. Florist and flower arrangement

The above are just a few of the things that need to be considered in planning a funeral. Click here to check out more comprehensive checklists.

You can either DIY the entire process or hire a funeral home service. DIY would entail a whole lot of work but may be more cost-effective for people who are cash trapped. However, using the service of a funeral home is by far more convenient and takes a lot of stress off the bereaved.

Finding a service that has ties to the community brings a different level of care and attention. Of course, it makes no sense for folks from a place like Jefferson City MO to look for a funeral home outside the area. Keeping things local is both more convenient and efficient.


Apart from tasks that are really intimate or personal, we recommend that you engage the services of a funeral home. This will not only relieve you of unnecessary hassles and stress but also ensure that things go smoothly, and that you give your loved one the final respect that they deserve.

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