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R G Ortiz Funeral Home Inc


Choosing General Funeral Service Planning

When a loved one passes away it can be an emotionally trying time. If prior arrangements were not made or clear instructions left, a family member is responsible for the interment proceedings. Before planning a funeral service, remember that though everyone is grieving, this is an opportunity to celebrate the life of a dear individual.

A skilled funerary specialist will be most helpful at this time. They are event coordinators who know how to help the bereaved make the necessary decisions. These may include penning the obituary, covering the legal aspects, choosing burial specifics and all the small, but important details of the interment process.

It is also necessary to decide who will be conducting the proceedings. Traditionally, it would be the deceased's minister or spiritual leader. If they were not associated with any particular group of that type, the position may be given to another cleric or perhaps to someone who was close to the individual and knew them quite well.

Next is deciding where the proceedings will be held. The coordinator can help with finding a location, setting up floral deliveries, casket preparation and display, providing audio and video equipment and handling reception details. They can also suggest appropriate music, poems or verses and design a memorial handout or event program.

Some of the bereaved may wish to contribute to the final tribute by sharing special memories. The eulogy is perhaps the most difficult aspect of the preparation process since it will generally evoke a lot of emotion. This is a heartfelt speech, lasting approximately five minutes, in which the deceased's life is summarized and their special attributes honored.

There are many details in planning a funeral service. The family may wish to provide a guest book for mourners to sign and leave a message if desired, a special table for the display of photographs and memorabilia, as well as a handout which not only guides the proceedings but acts as a memento of the occasion. Because this is a difficult time for all involved, the event is usually designed to last no more than an hour.


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