Planning a funeral can be an incredibly taxing experience. Coordinating an event of this scope is hard enough, but when you pile on the grief and emotions of coping with the loss of a loved one it can seem daunting. To help you get through this time, we have put together a step by step guide to help you make funeral arrangements.
- Start Making Calls- If a medical staff member was not present at the time of death, your first call should be to the attending physician so they can legally pronounce the death. Next up will be close friends and family. Repeating the same conversation with every phone call can grow tiresome fast, so it’s best to divide and conquer this duty. As you make these calls it’s perfectly okay to ask the person you’re talking with to help spread the word. Lastly, you’ll need to call a funeral director.
- Transportation- During your call with the funeral director, you’ll need to arrange transportation for the deceased. Funeral directors are well versed in this, so you won’t have to do much for this step.
- Check the Will and Testament- Review the estate plan to see if the deceased specified any wishes regarding the funeral ceremony. If no wishes are stated, you have free rein to make decisions with the help of family members.
- Planning- Work with the funeral director to choose a time and date, burial method, style of ceremony, and other details. Funeral directors are a great resource so don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as you want.
- Notify Friends and Family- Once arrangements have been made, you can start informing people of when and where the funeral will be. You can use the phone network from step 1, social media, or newspaper obituaries to announce the details.
Grief can be just as much of a hurdle as the logistics, so don’t ignore your mental health during the process. RoseRock Healthcare offers bereavement services to our patients’ families that are available for 12 months after the patient passes. These services are intended to help families cope with the emotions that come with losing a loved one. If you need hospice services for a loved one, call RoseRock Healthcare.