Decisions You Will Need to Make When Planning a Funeral

After my father passed away suddenly, my mother, siblings and I all struggled with planning his funeral. We were already in a state of shock and sorrow, and then we were overwhelmed with the options and decisions we had to make in regards to the funeral. Luckily for us, we worked with an amazing funeral home and funeral director who helped guide us through the process. I know how hard it is to plan a funeral and how many decisions need to be made. This website was created in order to give families preparing to lay a loved one to rest a guide of sorts that will help them determine what decisions will need to be made and information about those decisions. I extend my sympathies to you if you are in this position and hope my website helps to make things a little bit easier for you.

Choosing The Right Cemetery When Pre-Planning Your Funeral


A key part of your funeral pre-planning is selecting the cemetery in which you want to be laid to rest. You have several choices and you should be comfortable that it will fulfill both your needs and your family's needs. Here is what to look for when searching for your final resting place.

Cemetery Types

Cemeteries can be owned by a number of entities including:

  • private individuals
  • funeral homes
  • corporations
  • religious organizations
  • not-for-profit groups

The funeral home you're working with will have a list of cemeteries to choose from. You'll want to meet the directors of each facility in which you're interested to get a sense of their organization and management style. Your family will have to work with them once you're gone, so make sure you select a place that will treat your family well.

Cemetery Regulations

Each facility must abide by the state and local laws for that kind of business. They will also have their own rules that will affect you and your family. Get a copy of the rules from each cemetery and review them carefully to understand the restrictions your family will have to deal with. Some of the regulations will include:

  • the allowable size and materials for grave markers
  • the allowable grave decorations
  • who is responsible for maintenance of grave markers and other decorations
  • how vandalism of graves and markers is handled by the cemetery management

Cemetery Services

Each facility will offer a number of standard services. Understand which ones to specify in your funeral pre-plan and which ones your family may need to arrange. These services will include:

  • preparing the grave site
  • placing the vault and casket in the grave
  • filling in and landscaping around the grave
  • use of awnings, tables and chairs
  • preparing the grave for and installing the marker

Using a Columbarium

If you choose to be cremated and have your cremains placed in an urn sealed in a columbarium, some additional questions to ask each facility include:

  • the choice of location of the niche for your urn
  • access times to the columbarium building
  • types of decorations allowed and where they can be placed

Payment Options

If possible, pre-paying for the cemetery's services will make it easier on your family when you have passed away and they must execute your funeral plans. Anticipate the expenses that will happen ahead of time so your family won't be hit with any surprise charges that they may not be able to easily afford.

Contact a company like Clark Funeral Home Inc to begin planning your funeral.


12 January 2016