When we lose someone we hold dear, we not only want to properly grieve them but also send them off in the most respectable manner---that's is why we like to prepare in advance, an instinct that sparks lots of questions towards funeral directors. Here are some of the frequently asked questions to these professionals.
How Do You Make Funeral Arrangements?
How does one go about preparing for the burial of a loved one? Interesting enough, there are individuals who also want to know how they can prepare for their own funerals when that unforeseeable day comes.
As funeral directors would advise, first you need to discuss the matter with immediate family members. Let them know your wishes, or those of the deceased family members, and how you would like them to pay their last respects to you on that day. You also need to have a director present to record all your wishes and also to organize for a death certificate. These experts will also help in designing the exact funeral arrangement requested by the deceased, or which an individual would want on the day they breathe their last.
Cremation or Actual Funeral?
Another important question posed to funeral directors revolves around the dynamics of cremating a body versus embalming, displaying and finally burying it in a casket.
It all depends on the wishes of the deceased first, and where there are none, it's up to the respective family members to choose what is cost friendly for them. Generally, it's always been a tradition to display the body for friends and family to pay their last respects how you do it is what determines the price.
You may choose to cremate the body then present it in urn on the burial site. This eliminates the need to embalm the body and buy a coffin for it which costs money. An urn also takes less burial space, or no space at all if the ashes are scattered in a sea, thus reduced cost. On the other hand, if you wish to go the entire way of preparing the corpse and displaying it in a casket, holding a funeral service and finally laying it to rest, the cost is often higher than the option to cremate.
Can the Body Be Prepared To Look Natural?
It's always been a horror for loved ones of a deceased person to watch the eyes and mouth get sewn, shut and have that ghostly look at the funeral. Luckily enough, this is not the procedure anymore as there are newer ways to prepare the body to make it as natural as possible. Funeral directors call this 'setting features' which means using special methods to keep the eyes and mouth shut, and not have to use sutures.
These three are some of the top questions funeral directors get in person or in emails from their clients. Most of the questions are concerns by the family members on how the body should be presented, how much it will cost for a proper send off, and generally how to be prepared in advanced for one's own funeral or that of a departed loved one.