Thursday, 18 September 2014

Checklist for Funeral Arrangements

Planning for a funeral can be a difficult task. It’s tough to think about logistics when all your energy is going into mourning your loved one. Your funeral director should guide you through the process before and after but to ensure you know what to expect and what elements to consider in preparation, here’s a brief checklist.

 Register the Death

This process will start by contacting the deceased’s GP and requesting Medical Certificate of Cause of Death or getting in touch with coroners to find out when you can register the death. You can then get a Notification of Registration of Death (BD8) from the office of the Registrar of Births and Deaths. This form will ensure all government departments are notified of the death but you may want to double-check with some offices such as pensions and tax.

Contact the Deceased’s Solicitor

Many ends will need to be tied up with the help of your deceased’s solicitor. The above certificate should be taken along to the meeting as well as birth certificate, NI number, and details of creditors.

Let Friends and Family Know

People do this in different ways. Some consider it best to let people closest to the deceased know by phone call after they have been notified texts round to other contacts may be appropriate. Most people will appreciate you not having the time or inclination to ring around your entire circle of family and friends.

Type of Burial

A lot of these instructions may have been left by your loved one. Assuming you already know whether they want to be buried or cremated, there is the location of the burial to consider. A lot of cemeteries have different types of burial plots such as lawn, faith-based or cremated section to choose from.

Cask or Container

There’s a huge variety of different coffins and caskets available. Again, the type may have been specified already. Such factors in your decision may be price, environment and style: you will want a coffin which reflects the deceased’s personalities and matches their beliefs.

Ceremony, Flowers, and Decoration

Many florists offer wonderful bouquets for such events. You can order Funeral Flowers here and tailor them to your preference. The type of service you want will be determined by your loved ones beliefs. Another consideration will be whether you or other family members or friends want to speak or perform readings.

Clothing and Jewellery

Your funeral director will ask what clothes and accessories you want your loved one to be buried in so it is worth bearing this mind when you have your meeting.

After the Ceremony

A wake or post-funeral gathering is often arranged either at someone’s house or a venue with a bar, it may be worth thinking about this early on to check the availability of your chosen venue.

Unwanted Mail

A stress-free way to prevent unwanted mail being delivered is to register with the bereavement office.

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