Four Major Decisions
When planning a funeral there are four major areas
where decisions need to be made. And the choices that you make in these
areas will help us narrow down the next set of options we can show you
so, in the end, we will end up with the kind of service that is right
1. Your budget
2. Whether you are choosing burial or cremation
3. Viewing the body
4. What type of services and visitation you want to have
these four areas are listed in no particular order of importance. In
other words, you don't have to choose one before you choose the other.
But the decisions you do make in any of these areas will affect the
other areas. As I explain each and a little more detail I think you'll
see how everything fits together.
are very few people out there that have unlimited budgets, so when most
of us have to make all sorts of purchase decisions in our lives we have
to look at the funds available before we make those decisions, and
funerals are no different. The cost of funeral services typically vary
between $2500 and $15,000 depending on the type of services,
merchandise and options that you choose. The funds used to pay for
these costs generally come from these sources;
• prearranged funeral funds
• individual family members
• credit cards
Social Security, veterans and other benefits are sometimes available but they are limited and are not meant to cover all the costs. So knowing what your budget is, can help you make decisions in the other main areas.
Burial or Cremation
decision area is about whether you are choosing burial or cremation for
the final disposition of the body. For both of these options there are
four other decisions that will need to be made.
- In What
- Will you be present
You will need to make decisions in each of these four areas no matter whether you're choosing burial or cremation.
Viewing the Body
This decision area is whether or not you want to view the body. There are three options available.
- No Viewing
- Private Family Viewing
- Public Visitation
There are no rights or wrongs when we’re talking about viewing the body. But it is important to think about all of the people involved; children, grandchildren, family and friends. Please try to also consider their needs to when making your decision about viewing the body.
Visitations and Services
last decision area is what kind of visitations and services you want to
have, or whether you want to have any at all. There are four sub areas
where decisions will need to be made.
- What Type
- Who Is Involved
As you can see there are lots of decisions to be made and there's no easy answer. But I hope by going through this process we've given you an idea of what you need to think about before you make funeral plans.