Funeral Planning Ideas—What Not To Do

Posted on May 8, 2023 by Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home Ltd. under funeral home
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There will likely come a time when you have to plan out final services for a loved one who passed on. The professionals at funeral homes Charleston, IL will be there to help you through every detail, every step of the way. If it’s your first time planning such events, you are going to want to take their advice and avoid mistakes that you could easily make. Here are a few things you won’t want to do so you can get things lined up just right and honor your loved one in a nice way.


Don’t Leave Things Till The Last Second

Traditional funeral services run on a timeline. You have to get the plans in place and your loved one’s services (and burial) done within a few days of their death. You are going to want to listen to the funeral home and make decisions in a steady manner. If you put everything off until the last possible second, you are going to be picking things randomly, just to get things done in time. That won’t necessarily satisfy what you want for your loved one. Give yourself time in making decisions and spread them out, but don’t wait to get started when you know the clock is ticking.


funeral homes Charleston, IL Don’t Leave Family Out

You might be in charge of your loved one’s final services, but your family is grieving their loss as well. You don’t want to leave them out of the plans and their feelings as to what you have done are important as well. Consult with them on important things. Include them in some decisions. Ask them to participate in services in certain ways. They can be a big help, and a support system all at once.


Don’t Avoid Having a Budget

There are costs to any final service you decide to plan for your loved one. You are going to, first, want to figure out how much you can afford to spend. From there, you can set a budget and the funeral home will help you to stick to it. If you don’t have a budget in place, you might spend based on your emotions and that could cause you to overspend above what you can afford. You what the best for your loved one, but you can’t afford everything. Let the funeral home know what your budget is and it can help you to stay on track with what you want to spend.

When you are trying to figure out what to do for a loved one, rest assured that any service a funeral home carries is honorable and respectful. You can’t choose wrong, really. You just want to do what you feel is best for your family, no matter what that might mean for you. After you choose to work with one of the funeral homes Charleston, IL, you can ask for their advice, avoid these ‘don’ts’ and go from there while you work with the professionals and your family.


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