Top Ten Tips for Arranging a Funeral
At the risk of seeming rather tabloid, especially during a difficult period for the press, we recently produced a list of tips for people who are arranging or planning a funeral. I presented this to a group of hospice workers and bereavement professionals who had a number of good suggestions to make, so I am hoping that others will be able to add to the list so that we can make it a TOP TWENTY or more…
1. Don’t panic – there’s no need to be rushed into any decisions. Slow things down and allow yourself to take stock of what has happened.
2. Carry on caring for the person who has died and taken time to say goodbye.
3. Don’t waste money on things that don’t matter; concentrate on what really counts.
4. Sing songs at the funeral to help people to join in with the ceremony; ask someone to lead the singing.
5. Keep things simple and natural – this can bring beautiful results and can highlight the importance of small individual things.
6. Ask for and accept help – many people would love to help, so give them permission to do so.
7. Consider poems – they can often put into words what we find hard to say.
8. Don’t be a spectator – bear the coffin, decide on music, poems, and memories for the service.
9. Make it personal – include a favorite perfume or flower, photographs or paintings, vehicle, sport, club or hobby – take the children and the dog too.
10. Start now – Don’t wait until it’s hard to talk about it; write down your latest thoughts.
Please help us add to and improve this list…