Planning a funeral can be a daunting task, especially because it’s usually done at a time of stress when a loved one has died. Many people don’t understand why a funeral is necessary, so they plan out of a sense of duty. This is a common mistake, and it’s not the only one.

A funeral is an important ceremony and an opportunity for the healing process to begin. It lets people pay their respects to the person who has died, offer support to the family, and find closure. Often, family members connect at a funeral, strengthening their bond. To avoid making common mistakes, consider these simple tips.

  • Don’t feel constrained to plan a funeral a certain way. It can be as traditional or non-traditional as you want. There is plenty of room for creative thought; in fact, some of the most meaningful funerals are also the most unusual. The primary focus should be on creating a funeral that reflects the personality of the person who has died and honors the life that was lived.
  • Try not to focus on the cost. It’s easy to feel stressed about money, but in this case, it’s important to focus on the value of the funeral. All the little details that go into the planning process are important because they ultimately become treasured memories.
  • Ask questions about your options. Funeral homes offer a wide variety of choices to meet almost every need. Often, people have misconceptions that limit their options, so it’s important to gather as much information as you can. For instance, some people think that having a visitation and funeral is only possible when there is a burial, but that’s not the case. Others believe that cremation limits options, when in fact it opens up a wide range of possibilities. Ask questions so you understand what’s available.
  • Consider preplanning. Often mistakes happen because the person planning the service is guessing about what the deceased would have wanted. You can avoid this by preplanning. When you specify exactly how you want your funeral to be, you protect your family from needless stress at an already difficult time. You can even pre-pay if you choose or designate money to cover the cost when the time comes.

At Chapel of the Chimes Hayward, we believe it’s extremely important not to skip the funeral. More than just a ritual to mark someone’s passing, a funeral helps people find connections and begin to heal. Call 510.400.4442 today and let us help you plan a meaningful memorial.