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How to Plan a Funeral

Wednesday, 27 Oct 2010 09:53 AM

Birth is the herald of death. He who is born will ultimately die — this is the sad but undeniable truth. Nevertheless, the death of a loved one comes with certain responsibilities, including planning the funeral. It is not easy to plan a funeral, even if it is the last gift that you can give to the dearly departed.
Planning a funeral will require you to conform to certain rules and the laws of the state and house of worship the deceased was a member of. Visitation arrangements and graveside rites must be taken care of. As for homilies and eulogies, the clergy can render approbation, and there are services for visitor's own sermons.
The next step in planning a funeral is to choose a funeral home and find out from the funeral director about the material and services such as grave opening and closing, maintenance of the grave site, and the cost of the grave site itself, along with the price of the casket. It is important to collect a copy of the cemetery deed which states one’s right to bury the deceased in a particular plot of earth. The funeral director is also responsible for securing authorizations and filing for a death certificate and other permits.
Due to paucity of burial grounds, states are strongly recommending  cremation as an alternative to burial. In the event that one opts for cremation, an urn must be bought to store or dispose of the ashes as deemed fit. One may also choose direct burial without a formal viewing, visitation, or ceremony, with only a graveside service. The rich and famous might also desire an entombment, which entails encrypting the body in a sort of mausoleum.
To delay decomposition until after burial, bodies not embalmed require refrigeration and topical disinfection. Funeral houses charge fees for these services. There is also a fee to transport the body from the home or place of death to the burial ground.
Last but not least, when planning a funeral you must decide on the music. While most funeral houses have a stock of appropriate music, you may want to arrange for the departed’s favorite music to be played.
These basics can help you complete the uphill task of arranging for a funeral even when stricken with the grief of the tragic loss of a loved one.

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