A funeral is a trying time for everyone, saying goodbye to a loved one is never easy, and aside from the obvious emotional trauma, there is also the funeral arrangements, which can be stressful. In order to help with this, we have listed various aspects of a funeral that need consideration.
- Type of Funeral – Some people prefer burial, while others would rather a cremation, as this does not restrict the use of land in the future. If you know what the deceased would prefer, then you can make the funeral arrangements in Sydney with the funeral director.
- Type of Service – If the deceased was a religious person, then the funeral service should reflect this. However, many Australian people are not religious, and would therefore prefer a service that is a celebration of their life. Humanist funerals are very popular, and there is no reference to a god, rather the service focuses on the achievements and experiences of the deceased, and you can arrange a service that is fitting, with relevant music and eulogies read by family and friends.
- Transport – Some people wish to say goodbye in style, with a horse-drawn carriage and the liverymen, all wearing traditional clothing, while a car enthusiast might like it if the procession included restored classic cars. You might prefer basic transport, with simple black sedans, and this is something to discuss with the funeral director, who is always happy to provide suitable transport. If, for example, your parents are elderly, here are a few tips to help with care of the elderly.
- Music & Flowers – If the deceased had a musical preference, your choice of songs can be played and if the deceased had flower preferences, this can also be arranged. The funeral director is very experienced and always tries to ease the burden of bereaved relatives by taking care of everything on their behalf.
- Eulogies – If there are things that people would like to say, you can either nominate a speaker, or have family and friends read their own tributes. It is a nice thought that people will tell the congregation about the deceased person’s life and accomplishments, and many services include eulogies.
There are many Australians who prefer to pay for their funeral in advance, which removes any financial burden on the family, plus when you plan your own funeral, you get to choose every aspect of the service. If you would like to learn more about pre-paid funerals, simply search online for a local funeral director, who would be happy to pay you a home visit and discuss the many options. When you do plan your own funeral, the price is fixed, regardless of when your passing occurs, and if you live a ripe old age, you can save a lot of money by arranging a payment plan to take care of your funeral costs. Click here for an Australian government website dealing with bereavement, which you should read.
Of course, it is a very traumatic experience when you lose a loved one, and your local funeral director would be there to deal with everything, and they would do everything in their power to make the funeral suitable for the deceased.