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Simplifying the Painful Process of Planning a Funeral for a Loved One

February 24, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 191

Losing a loved one is a very difficult time in life that all of us will eventually have to face. But even though this is an inevitable fact many individuals do not like to think about it and for that reason may refrain from making the necessary plans for when that time comes. When this happens, the survivors are left with the task of making the necessary funeral arrangements for their loved one, a task that can be very painful during their time of loss.

There is little that can be said or done to make this time of grieving any easier, but there are ways to at least simplify the planning process so you can take care of the arrangements quickly and efficiently. Getting things taken care of will mean you having more time to console family and friends who are grieving with you. Three steps are all you need, so that you can concentrate on other things during your time of need.

1. Choose a Funeral Home - The first step you should take is choosing a funeral home to handle all of the arrangements to take a lot of the pressure off you regarding the planning. The funeral home you choose can help you with making a variety of decisions -- which passages you will have read at the funeral, which casket you want for your loved one, and how you would like calling hours scheduled.

Funeral homes are in the business of knowing exactly what needs to be done at this very difficult time. So using them will make things much easier. If you are unsure about which funeral home to choose, you may want to ask some of your friends or other family members for advice.

2. Organize a Meeting Place for Mourners - After choosing a funeral home, you will want to organize a meeting place for mourners to go following the funeral services. Often mourners will gather together after the funeral to remember the deceased and to offer condolences to the family. You will want to choose where this will take place and determine who is responsible for providing the food.

Likely you will be able to enlist the help of friends and family to make planning this much easier. You may even want to request making the meeting place at a home other than your own, so you have a quiet place to go to when you are ready.

3. Finalize Details with a Conference Call - The day before the funeral you are going to want to be sure all of the details are finalized, and holding a conference call may make this task easier. You can use a free conference calling program you can find online to have a meeting with the funeral director, other family members, and anybody else helping you plan the funeral and organize the meeting place for after the funeral.

A conference call meeting can take place right in the comfort of your own home which makes it very convenient. Simply inform others of the time of the meeting and use your free conferencing program to hold the meeting.

This is no doubt a difficult time in your life but that does not change the fact arrangements have to be made. But if you make the initial necessary plans and finalize details with a conference call this time in your life will be at least a little easier.

A consultant to Rondee's free conference call system, author Andy Court is a communications expert. Andy Court has commented at great length on the use of conferencing products to enhance teamwork.

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