A Celebration Of Life
William E. King
People today want more from a funeral. They want the service to be a reflection of the individual and a Celebration of Life. Personalized funerals are more meaningful – a chance to think about what made the person special and unique.
A funeral might include: Favorite music or songs, Reminders of hobbies or special interests, A lifetime of photo memories, Special poems or readings, A customized casket or urn
But a personalized funeral is more involved than a standard service and requires prior planning. It’s very important to write down the details ahead of time and share them with family members. A local funeral director can help you plan and record everything and keep your wishes on file until the need arises. If you don’t know what your loved ones really want it might be a good time to start a conversation.
Advanced Planning is a Three Step Process
Step 1 – Gathering Information
This is a matter of recording information about your life, your career, and your family – all the facts you’ll want everyone to know and remember. This is also a good time to write down all the personal information that will make your funeral more meaningful, things like hobbies and special interests.
Step 2 – Making Arrangements
With this step your funeral director will assist you in making choices about things like burial or cremation, what type of casket or urn, the services you want, and other details. The funeral director will explain all of the options, outline the costs, and make recommendations.
Step 3 – Funding The Funeral
If a family wants or needs to fund a funeral in advance perhapes for Medicaid purposes, your funeral director will offer a funding vehicle which will allow you to reduce the financial and emotional burden on the family. The director will work with you to set up a funeral plan to fit your budget. If you should move or relocate, your plan may be transferable to a funeral home in your new community.
William E. King is a funeral director at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes. Bill is the Advanced Planning Manager and has 20 years of experience in the funeral industry. He received a BA from Loyola College Baltimore and later a Mortuary Science degree from the Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville.
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