When a loved one dies, the single most important factor in healing from loss is having the support of others. It makes the burden of grief much easier to carry.
Once you have someone with you, make those first calls to family and close friends. Additionally, ask those family members and close friends to spread the word, so you can focus on the more critical task of contacting a licensed funeral director who will help lead you through the important choices and steps of funeral arrangements.
The weight of the burden can be lifted considerably if the funeral has been pre-planned. Funeral planning at the "re-need" stage is much less stressful than at the time of need. You will not be left wondering which funeral director to call. More importantly, the funeral director will have a copy of the information needed to make arrangements. Ideally, the casket choice, funeral and burial location will be predetermined and the funeral director will review this information with you.
A funeral director's knowledge and experience at the time of death is crucial. This knowledge involves:
– transporting the body
– arranging the funeral, memorial, and/or burial service
– contacting the cemetery
– selecting a casket and grave marker
– preparing the obituary
– offering grief support or directing you to other resources
– obtaining a death certificate
At the time of death, these things can be overwhelming for a family to deal with all at once. Again, the more of the above list that you can plan and discuss with your funeral director, the lighter the family burden will be at the time of death. And don't be afraid to talk about pricing and prepayment options that ease the financial burden of funeral costs. Call Ancient Burials at 604-308-2822 or use our contact page and we'll get back to you within 24 hours.