Death is an unfortunate part of life, and while you cannot prevent it, you can plan for it. Unfortunately, you may not realize how often individuals make mistakes that cannot be fixed during the process of planning a funeral. By avoiding these common mistakes, the final wishes of your loved one will be met in an effective and efficient manner.
Waiting to Pre-Plan
One of the worst mistakes you can make is to wait to pre-plan a funeral -- whether for yourself or for a loved one.
At the funeral service of someone who has been cremated, there are many different ways that you can deal with the cremated remains. While having them present in an urn isn't necessary, many people arrange to have the urn sitting somewhere in the room at the funeral home.
For example, having the urn on a table with a photo of the deceased person and perhaps some mementos is a common approach.
Are you looking for ways to memorialize your deceased loved one? Whether you are traditional or modern, or a bit of both, there's something for you.
The good news is that you can carry the memory of your loved one beyond the burial site. You can absolutely have their memory all around you as you go about your daily business. Here are a few creative ideas on how to do that.
The word "mausoleum" is derived from an ancient Persian king, King Mausolus. King Mausolus wanted very much to have a humongous memorial to himself when he died, so he built a massive building into which he expected his body to be interred upon death. Having started a trend, many other rulers followed suit, building giant, above ground tombs to honor themselves for all eternity.
Today, not just kings are interred in mausoleums.
If your elderly parent has died and you've had his or her body cremated, you may be planning an outdoor ceremony at which you'll be scattering the cremated remains. If you have young children, it can be difficult enough for them to grasp that their grandparent has died, but you could find yourself in a challenging situation if one of your children expresses concern over scattering the remains. If a child is vocal about not scattering the remains, you may wish to change your approach.