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Arranging a funeral can be challenging, especially when you have a lot going on and you feel like you don’t even know where to begin. Funerals are never easy, yet someone has to step in and take control of getting everything done. Sometimes, when one has a friend who has gone through a loss, you may even feel the need to step in and handle the funeral arrangements on their behalf to lighten the burden in their time of grief. That said, when arranging a funeral, there are a few things you need to remember to do, and while it may feel a bit overwhelming at first, this comprehensive checklist will help you to tackle each task one step at a time.

Arranging funeral

Inform the Funeral Cover Provider

If the deceased had a funeral policy, you’d need to lodge a claim in order to receive the funds required for the funeral. When lodging the claim, ensure you have all the required documents such as the death certificate, the banking details where the funds should be released, and the completed claim forms. After submitting the documents, the insurance company will review the application and, if all the terms and conditions have been met, release the funds within 48 hours.

Choose a burial option

The deceased may have mentioned what option they would prefer between burial and cremation, and you will have to make the arrangement accordingly. A burial will require you to choose a casket and arrange a hearse from the funeral service to the cemetery. You will also have to choose between a few types of gravestones for the burial and arrange a short service at the graveside, which is usually customary.

Contact a funeral home

The funeral home will work closely with you to arrange all the finer details such as the flower arrangements, the burial pamphlets, preparation of the cemetery, etc. Ensure you have a photo of the deceased the funeral home can use for the leaflets, the deceased’s identity document, the next of kin’s, and the chosen clothing for the deceased. If the deceased had a funeral policy, as mentioned above, be sure to have the paperwork on hand to cover the funeral home’s costs.

Arrange the service

Aside from the graveside service for the close family and friends, there is usually a memorial service for anyone who knew the deceased and would like to pay their respects. After the memorial service, there is typically a reception afterward at the deceased family’s home where food is served – a good idea would be to contact a caterer to take care of the food but ensure there is enough for all the guests. 

Even though a funeral may not be an easy thing to arrange, handling each task one at a time might make it less overwhelming and more manageable. Or, if you have a close friend that has to arrange a funeral, the above might enable you to lend a helping hand after knowing more about the process and where you could be of aid.

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