Planning a funeral is incredibly stressful, and it is common for families to have disagreements about the details of the funeral service. You can diffuse family disagreements and make arranging a funeral much less stressful by following a few simple tips. Here is some advice for managing family disagreements while planning a funeral.
Consider the Deceased’s Wishes When Planning a Funeral Service
Family members are often influenced by their own wishes and beliefs when they are planning a funeral service. You can keep things less stressful by encouraging family members to only focus on the deceased’s wishes for the funeral ceremony. If no one has any real sense of whether your loved one wanted a funeral, burial, or cremation service, you might want to just choose the simplest or most economical solution to minimize stress.
Take Advantage of Grief Support Services
Grief counselors can be incredibly helpful in navigating and resolving family disputes during funeral planning. He or she can help you and your family reach an agreement or compromise when deciding upon specific details of a funeral ceremony. Seeking grief support services can also help you and your family process your grief, and will make it a little easier to begin arranging the funeral.
Be Diplomatic When Sorting Through Belongings
One of the most frequent sources of family disagreements after a loved one passes away is who will get what when you begin sorting through family belongings. Before you begin the process, sit down with your family on neutral ground and try to devise a diplomatic plan for dividing up personal items. When you’re on neutral territory, it may be easier for everyone to be less emotional about the process.
At Skylawn Memorial Park, our compassionate funeral home staff can help you and your family with funeral planning in San Mateo. We have experience arranging funerals, burials, and cremations for families of all ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds. We also offer professional grief support services. To learn more about our funeral home and its services, call us today at (650) 349-4411.
When you plan a funeral and burial service through a funeral home, you can often receive advice and support in choosing and buying a gravestone for the burial plot. If you aren’t using the services of a funeral home, you can contact the cemetery or gravestone company directly.
Watch this video for a helpful guide to choosing and buying a gravestone for a burial plot. You will need to know the size and type of gravestones that your cemetery allows at its burial plots before buying one.
If you need help planning a burial service in San Mateo, come see us at Skylawn Memorial Park. We can help you arrange a funeral, burial plot, and gravestone with your cemetery of choice. For more information about our funeral home and burial services, call us today at (650) 349-4411.
Choosing pallbearers for a funeral ceremony doesn’t have to be an added source of stress when arranging a funeral. Pallbearers are typically immediate family members or close friends of the deceased. However, there are generally no strict rules about who can be a pallbearer.
Some family members may not want to be pallbearers, because the ritual may be too upsetting for them in their time of grief. If a family member indicates that he doesn’t want to act as a pallbearer, you should respect his wishes and avoid pressuring him. Likewise, if a close friend or loved one of the deceased expresses a desire to be a pallbearer and there is room to accommodate him, you should let him participate. You can also ask other members of your family to help you in choosing pallbearers.
At Skylawn Memorial Park, we have been helping families plan funeral services near San Mateo since 1959. We have extensive experience meeting the needs of our diverse community, and can plan funerals, burials, and cremations for families of any ethnic, religious, or cultural background. To learn more about our funeral planning services, call us today at (650) 349-4411.
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