When it comes to planning a funeral, not many people are excited about the process. To help you wade through all the items to get done, we’ve got 4 simple tips to help you while planning a funeral.
Start With Trusted Friends
The first step is finding a funeral home that fits your family’s needs. While it is possible to go through the process of deciding what you want before finding a funeral home, it can be helpful to have an expert to guide you. Look for a funeral home that you know you can trust. Ask friends for their recommendation and read reviews on local funeral homes’ Google or Facebook pages. Meet with a few funeral directors if you have the time to do so. If you are able to find a trustworthy and helpful funeral home, your work will be half done.
If you’re looking for a funeral home in the Western Wisconsin area, Bakken-Young has 3 convenient locations in River Falls, New Richmond, and Baldwin.
Know Your Loved One’s Wishes
Understanding how your loved one wanted their remains to be handled, and how they wanted to be memorialized are very important. Going through wills and last testaments or speak to family and friends to be sure that the funeral honors their memory and reminds mourning loved ones of how special. If your loved one pre arranged their funeral, you won’t have to worry about this. The funeral home they completed their pre arrangement through will have documented what their wishes were for their funeral.
Understand Your Budget
The next step is knowing what kind of budget you have to work with. This will help you decide what is possible budget-wise. If your loved one pre arranged their funeral, it is possible they may have prepaid their funeral as well. Check with the funeral home as they can provide this information to you. If the funeral is not prepaid, most funeral are required to give you a detailed services list with their prices. For example, see the service pricing and itemized price list for Bakken-Young Funeral Home in River Falls Wisconsin.
Planning a Meaningful Memorial Service
Once you have completed the groundwork in finding the right funeral home, knowing your loved one’s wishes and understanding your budget, it’s time to finish planning the funeral. This may mean contacting a special pastor or friend to perform the service, booking a caterer, and letting others know about the funeral or memorial service. Find friends and family members who can help you manage the details. Work with a funeral director to make sure you have everything done on your checklist. Let others help as you work to remember and honor your loved one.
If you have more questions about planning a funeral, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services. We would be happy to help in any way we can. Once the funeral or memorial service has come and gone, remember to take care of yourself too. Bakken-Young offers many options for grief counseling. Join a grief group, spend a night out with others who are grieving or simply read our weekly blog to find ways to work through your grief.