Planning funeral arrangements is something nobody wants to do. You’ve lost someone close to you and now you need to embark on a planning process that you’d rather not take on.
Making funeral arrangements, however, doesn’t have to overwhelm you. Even though this is an emotional and complicated time, planning an affordable funeral that friends and family will remember can be done with as little stress as possible.
In this article, we’re going to show you 5 helpful steps that can help take some of the worry and pressure off during this difficult time.
Let’s take a look.
- Shop and Compare
It’s hard to be objective on price comparisons while you’re mourning. Even within small geographic areas, costs of holding a funeral can vary widely.
It pays to shop around and find the right funeral home that has all the services you want at a cost you can afford.
If your friend or loved one is terminally ill, it’s best to start the process as soon as you can and not wait until after their passing.
- Bring a Friend Along
When you start making arrangements, it’s a good idea to bring a friend with you who wasn’t close to the deceased.
When you’re grieving, you may over-spend on funeral costs because of your deep feelings of loss.
When you bring an objective friend with you, they’ll help make the right decisions about the arrangements by providing you an honest view that doesn’t stem from emotion.
- Try to Stay Personalized and Avoid Packages
Most funeral homes offer an array of package deals, which may include certain services you don’t want or need.
When you’re offered a package deal, make sure you get a detailed and itemized list of all services provided within that package.
This will allow you to sort out the services you want from the ones you don’t.
- Don’t Be Afraid to Budget
Just because you cut down on funeral expenses doesn’t mean you’re not giving the deceased everything they deserve.
Some things you remove from the service won’t impact the beauty or quality of the funeral. In fact, they could even enhance it.
As an example, you may consider burying your loved one in an inexpensive wooden casket. Family can then decorate it with designs that bring back fond memories of the deceased.
Choosing cremation is also an inexpensive alternative to traditional burial.
- Laws That Protect You
Remember that the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) has put together guidelines called The Funeral Rule, which are there to protect you.
Some of your rights within The Funeral Rule include:
- Your right to buy only the services you want
- Your ability to get pricing information over the phone
- Your right to be given an itemized list when you go into a funeral home
By knowing your rights, you lower your chances of being taken advantage of.
Alleviating the Difficulty of Funeral Arrangements
When you first start thinking about planning a funeral, the details can seem overwhelming.
Start out by giving us a call and discussing the needs of you and your family.
We’re here to help in every way we can, and promise to make the process as pain-free as possible.