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Ralph Buckner Funeral Home


The Meaning Of Elegant Funeral Planning

The loss of a loved one is very difficult on many levels. Unless the deceased has made burial arrangements before their passing, it becomes the family's responsibility. Before getting started with funeral service plans, remember that this is a chance to gather with others to share memories that celebrate the individual's life.

Everything begins with selecting a funerary specialist. These facilities employ individuals who are trained in guiding families through each step in the process. They advise many things, including the documents that are legally required, writing an obituary, deciding on burial details, as well as all aspects of both the memorial and interment services.

Someone will need to be designated to officiate the services. This is normally the spiritual leader of whatever religious facility the deceased attended. If they did not have any particular affiliations, the family may choose their preferred cleric or the task may be given to the facility director or a close friend.

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.

During the proceedings, people may feel the desire to speak a few words. Eulogies evoke a lot of emotions but are very important when saying final farewells. Though there may be a lot to say when summarizing an individual's entire life and acknowledging their accomplishments and positive points, it is best that this part not exceed five minutes in length.

A lot goes into arranging a funeral service, which should be no longer than an hour. Providing a guest book lets the family know who attended as well as read the messages they leave behind. Have a place to display photos and other memorabilia as a tribute, and provide a memorial handout as a commemorative keepsake.


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