Facing the loss of someone close to you is never easy. This can get even harder when you are faced with all the funeral arrangements. Although most of us never think that it is a responsibility we have to face, sometimes, it is inevitable. This brings not only a period of mourning but also some of the duties that you have to take care of. Here are some of the steps you can follow in order to plan any funeral.

Who You Should Call?

The first thing you need to do is making the necessary phone calls and informing the necessary parties. Most of the time this include the people closest to the deceased. Close family, friends and sometimes workplace colleagues are included in this list. This will also include arranging the transportation of the deceased from the place of death to a funeral home. Or anywhere else where the funeral will be held.

What you Should Do

Once the calls are made, you have informed the important people and have arranged transportation, the next step is getting into the funeral planning. The first step in this is to check and see if the deceased has left any pre-arranged funeral plan.  This is a plan that informs the funeral service provider selected by the deceased. The next step is to meet with a funeral director. If you are looking for funeral directors Melbourne will have quite a few that can help you out.

Select the Service

Whether there is a pre-arranged funeral plan or not, once you have chosen a funeral director, you have to communicate with them the kind of service you need. If there is a pre-arranged plan, the funeral service will happen according to the requirements mentioned in the plan. If not, you and the rest of family members will have the responsibility of choosing how to make the finalarrangements. Whether it is going to be burial or cremation, if it is burial then how to make cemetery arrangements etc.

Memorial Products

This includes choosing the necessary memorial items needed for a funeral. Once again, this might not be the easiest step to follow through during a period of loss and grieving, so getting the help of other family members/ friends in addition to the funeral director’s help is perfectly fine. The necessary items you need to think of include a casket, burial vault, urn (depending on the arrangements you choose), memorial items like grave markers and funeral stationery.

Handle the Documents

The responsibility of a funeral and final rites does not end with the cremation or the burial. Once these duties are complete, then you have to make sure to take care of other administrative affairs. This includes duties ranging from sending gratitude to those who were present at the funeral to taking care of legal and financial matters of the deceased; looking over property issues, debts and bill payments, handling death benefit claims etc.

Although it is never easy to plan the funeral of someone you were close to, it is a duty that you will have to step into and complete in order to pay the final respects to the deceased. It might be difficult so make sure to keep these steps in mind to help you through. Remember to always ask for the help of both your closest people and professional funeral planners to make things less stressful for you.


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