Grieving family and friends often have to plan the remembrance of lost loved ones. Receiving assistance during the planning eases the burden and gives those left behind an opportunity to mourn in peace. Pre-planning your own life celebration or helping a loved one make their own final arrangements gives you the ability to put your personal touch on every detail. There are many important considerations to keep in mind when bringing a life to a dignified close that honours your wishes.
Service de Crémation Direct has assisted many people in pre-planning their own funeral services. We have created this guide to make it a bit easier to coordinate a funeral in Québec for yourself or someone you care about deeply.
How Do You Begin Planning Your Own Funeral?
You have spent your life taking care of your family and friends, and now there is one last thing you can do to ease their financial and emotional distress. When you plan your own funeral, your loved ones experience final arrangements you design without a financial burden that will strain their resources. When pre-planning your funeral arrangements, there are 3 steps that can make the process easier, as follows.
1. When Should I Visit a Funeral Pre-Planning Expert?
You have decided to plan your own final services, so, what should you do first? Although it may seem daunting, it begins at your local funeral home. You can set up an appointment to speak with the funeral director about the type of service you prefer. If it helps, you can bring a companion to help you through the process. Available services include a traditional funeral, memorial service, graveside gathering or direct cremation.
2. How Can I Handle Financial Arrangements Appropriately?
Although it’s important to choose a funeral director you trust, keep your finances secured by a third party, not the funeral home. The funeral home may partner with an outside firm or independent insurance holder, and you can also hire your own representative to hold the funds until the time is right.
3. What Questions Should I Ask the Funeral Director?
Take the time to write down your questions for the funeral director. If possible, speak with a friend who has gone through the process. For example, what happens if you move? Many pre-planned life celebrations move with you. From final arrangements to payment options, ask the experts for the details you need to put your mind at ease.
How Do I Get Started Planning Someone Else’s Funeral?
A beloved family member or close friend has passed away and you want to give them a beautiful going away service. The burden doesn’t have to fall on your shoulders alone. You can coordinate with other family members and friends to divide up tasks and expenses. This gives everyone a way to contribute and pay their respects to a departed friend.
Below, you will find sound advice for planning a funeral for a deceased loved one.
1. Whom Do I Notify and How Do I Arrange for Transportation?
If you are with your loved one when they pass away, you can contact the funeral service director to transport the body to the funeral home. Next, contact close friends and others to let them know the deceased individual has passed. Seek out friends and family members to make a list and ensure that you contact everyone.
2. When Do I Meet with the Funeral Director?
After your loved one arrives at the funeral home, you should set up a time to discuss final arrangements as soon as possible. Prior to doing so, consult with other family members and friends to choose the best memorial service and burial options according to the deceased’s final wishes. For example, determine whether to bury or cremate the remains.
3. What Are the Considerations When Choosing Memorial Products?
How you wish to house your loved one’s remains determines which memorial products are most appropriate. Traditional funerals have long been the most common. However, for several years’ cremation has become more and more popular. The urn containing the ashes may have been buried in the cemetery or placed in the columbarium. However, some people prefer to cremate their family member or friend and invest in an urn that best represents their memory. You can also work with the funeral director to discuss the options for a grave marker or niche with a customized message to honour the deceased.
4. What Do I Need to Know About Cemetery Arrangements?
You can make the cemetery arrangements through the funeral director or with the cemetery. If your loved one has been cremated, choose from a mausoleum or columbarium. For traditional burials, you may choose a plot or crypt as a final resting place.
What Are the Considerations of Settling the Deceased’s Estate?
First, find out what your responsibilities are. If your loved one has left behind a will, settling the estate becomes a lot easier. If the deceased has no will, a notary can help you settle the estate quickly and appropriately.
Here are some responsibilities that may fall upon you as the deceased’s representative.
1. Who Manages the Estate Settlement Process?
If your deceased friend or family member left a will, it will contain the name of the executor. If the estate goes through probate court, a judge will appoint someone to settle the estate.
2. What About Outstanding Bills?
Make any necessary arrangements to pay debts and other bills from the resources of the estate. This could include credit cards, mortgage payments, and unpaid utilities.
3. How Do You File a Death Claim?
Contact insurance providers, unions, utility companies, debtors, and other entities to which the deceased had a financial obligation. They may require a copy of the death certificate to close accounts and settle unpaid bills.
4. What Other Individuals and Organizations Should You Contact?
No doubt, your loved one left behind a rich network of friends and ties. Notify their workplace, house of worship, clubs, and individuals in their social circle that they have passed. Ask friends and family members to spread the word to anyone you may have missed. Social media can help you deliver the message out quickly.
5. What Happens to Joint Accounts?
If you have joint accounts with the deceased, you may need a copy of the death certificate to remove their name from the asset. This includes credit cards, mortgages, personal loans, and other financial accounts. You may want to close the accounts and open up new ones to prevent any issues from arising down the road.
Service de Crémation Direct
Do you want to partner with an experienced, supportive funeral planner who can make it easier to say farewell to your loved one in a dignified, appropriate way?
Discuss final arrangements for yourself, a friend, or a family member with the understanding and capable staff at Service de Crémation Direct. Contact us today for kind, helpful assistance.