Checklist for Funeral Arrangements
Planning a funeral or memorial service requires what can seem, at times, a daunting task. There seem to be a countless number of decisions to be made. The following checklist for funeral arrangements is designed to guide you through the number of things that you must decide on.
- Will it be a funeral or a memorial service? At a funeral the body is usually present. At a memorial service it is not.
- An obituary is needed to be written.
- Are you going to use a casket for the body, or will there be a cremation? Ideas on caskets and urns.
- If you are using a casket, where will the burial be? If having a cremation, will the ashes be stored in an urn, or scattered?
- Who will officiate the service? Minister, family friend, funeral celebrant? What type of service do you want? Religious or spiritual or non-religious.
- Do you want to have a powerpoint or video presentation of photographs of the life of the deceased? Ideas for presentations.
- Do you want someone to give an Eulogy. If is a welcome addition to the service but not absolutely necessary, particularly in a religious service. Ideas for eulogies. How to write an eulogy.
- Where will the service be held? It can be in the funeral chapel, a church, a hotel, in a park.
- Are there any items of the deceased that you would like present? Funeral themes and ideas.
- Flowers by the family are traditionally ordered for delivery to where the service is being held.
- Are there special songs you would like played, as people enter, during and after the service. Do you want an organist, a harpist, a band, a flutist? Is there recorded music you would like played? See funeral music or hymns. Funeral music ideas and Funeral hymns.
- Any particular Bible readings you would like. Who will read it? Funeral Bible Reading ideas. Or a particular poem?
- Will you have a reception after the service? Where will it be? Who will cater it?
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