Losing a loved one in a tragic accident can cause your emotions to become raw. This makes it hard to make logical decisions about that person’s final arrangements. There really aren’t any easy answers when it comes to making these plans. The only way that they will be easier to deal with is if they had a funeral plan already laid out since you will just have to follow that plan. If they don’t, there are some specific things you must think about.
One of the first things you will have to determine is where the funeral will take place. You will work with the funeral director there. They will guide you through what options you have, including determining whether the person will be buried or cremated.
You will also need to determine what type of service you want to hold. You might have a funeral service where people can view the body or the urn. There might be a religious service. Another option is a memorial service, which is typically handled after the person is cremated or buried. Finally, there is a graveside service that occurs between the delivery of the casket to the cemetery and it being placed in the ground and buried.
Another decision is what type of casket you will choose. These can be rather expensive through the funeral home, according to AARP. Another option is order one from Amazon or another online retailer for delivery. This might work if you don’t mind waiting a couple of days for the viewing and burial; however, if you are on a tight time schedule, this might not be possible.
Because funerals can be expensive and families often have other expenses after the death of a loved one, the next of kin of the decedent might opt to file a legal claim against the person who caused the untimely death.