Here Are Some Things You’ll Want to Consider Before Planning.
Planning ahead for funeral services can be a valuable way to take care of those left behind, express your personality, and satisfactorily commemorate your life. Thinking about planning yours with a Hamilton, NJ, funeral home? There are a few things you’ll want to consider.
There are many different kinds of funerals, each with its own ‘norms’.
Traditional funeral services, the most common type, usually involve a casket and/or urn being present at the ceremony. Music may be played, and readings from scripture or other sources read aloud during the service. Traditional services typically last one hour to an hour and a half long, though, for some families or cultures, it can last longer than that.
Celebration of Life Services are more informal than traditional funerals. They are often held at venues outside churches, like parks or restaurants. They focus more on celebrating someone’s life and achievements rather than being mournful over their death.
Home Funeral Service allows for greater flexibility in capturing individual preferences about how one wants to spend their final moments. Using volunteers instead of hiring professional services keeps costs low. Notwithstanding, most people are either unfamiliar with home funeral options or ill-equipped for them.
When it‘s your service, you can get as creative as you want. You can curate music or poetry that is meaningful to you or select flowers symbolizing something about your journey.
You could incorporate mementos from your life and relationships. You may want to gather photos and media featuring meaningful moments with those you hope will be present at the event.
Earth burial is the traditional interment method in which the remains of the deceased is buried in the ground. It’s also called “ground burial” and can take place at a cemetery or on private property.
Cremation, on the hand, reduces the remains to fragments through intense heat, generally by placing them in an oven-like chamber called a retort. The resulting “ashes” may then be returned to family members or cared for in another manner.
Cremation is becoming increasingly popular because it’s less expensive than traditional burials. It also offers more flexibility in paying final respects.
Will there be any religious elements to your funeral or memorial service? If so, what kind of ceremony do you want? Is there a specific person who will perform these services? It’s common for people to ask a religious leader within the community, especially if certain rites or traditions are associated with your religion. Otherwise, your funeral director can arrange for someone.
Other key roles to allot for the occasion can be who takes the reading or the eulogy, pallbearers, or DJ, depending on the type of service.
You will need funding. Think about who will pay for the service and how much it will cost. You may want to consider different ways to pay for your funeral, such as using insurance. Or, creating a prepaid plan to help guarantee that you have enough money set aside to cover your wishes.
If you have questions about any step in planning your funeral services, don’t hesitate to reach out! You can make an appointment to visit our funeral home in Hamilton, NJ, or give us a call right now.