The Steps of Planning a Funeral
Planning a funeral is a new experience for most and it can be difficult to know what the steps of planning and holding a memorial service are. Here’s a checklist of the steps to planning a funeral for a loved one or yourself.
Selecting the Right Type of Funeral Service
Depending on family traditions, religions, or personal preferences, there are a range of funeral services available. Memorial services are becoming more personalised and we strive to cater to the wishes of those who have sadly passed.
Finding a Supportive Funeral Director
As a funeral is a personal and extremely emotive experience, it’s important to find a suitable funeral director that understands and is able to follow your wishes. Through this difficult time, our funeral directors here at Kenna and Turner will value your preferences, while helping you select the most suitable arrangements for your loved one.
Our directors are professional, compassionate, and experienced in ensuring that every memorial is unique and special, while offering a supportive shoulder at this difficult time.
Finding a Suitable Venue and Date
Both venue and date will be a personal preference. Some of our previous clients prefer a smaller, intimate memorial services, while others favour a religious funeral at a chapel. No matter your preference, we aim to set a convenient date, while providing enough time to make all funeral arrangements.
Choosing Who Will Lead the Funeral Service
Funeral services can be held by a number of different people. The most common selections include: religious ministers, funeral directors, a loved one or a non-religious minister. Arrangements can be made for either of these options, to work with your selected venue.
Funerals are a personal and intimate time. They are a moment for loved ones or close friends to grieve and remember. Individualistic touches can offer a celebratory outlook of funeral services and can ease this difficult bereavement stage.
Elements which can customise a funeral service can be as follows:
- Order of service: An order of service is a great way to involve attendees. You can select from hymns, funeral poems, songs, photographs and reception details.
- Music, prayers, and readings: For religious funerals, prayers are a large focus of the ceremony. Through our funeral arrangements, you’ll have the opportunity to select suitable readings, music or prayers to remember and pay tribute to your loved one. If you’re arranging your own funeral, this is a great way to add a touch of personality.
- Flowers/ charitable donations: In today’s funerals, sending flowers aren’t as common, usually seen as an option for close relatives. Instead of funeral flowers, individuals are now opting for charitable donations, usually inspired to raise money for foundations or healthcare departments.
- A procession route: While arranging funeral transport, a procession route can be selected. This can include for the initial journey to start from the home of a passed individual, their favourite place or a personal journey.
Creating an Online Funeral Notice/Obituary
As funerals are a time for loved ones and close friends to come together and celebrate life, it is important that funeral arrangements can be accessed. By creating an online funeral notice or obituary, you’ll have the ability to share the venue and funeral date, along with details on donations or flowers, across the likes of social media.
Planning a Reception
If you’re hoping to further celebrate the life of a loved one, a reception is a great way to bring family members and funeral attendees together. We highly recommend selecting a relaxed environment, close to your chosen service venue.