If you need to plan a funeral for someone who had no strong faith, but whose family members and loved ones come from many different faiths, you may feel that you face a dilemma. While some family members may be upset if you have a non-religious funeral, others may be upset if you hold a funeral which celebrates one faith but not another. Below is a guide which will help you to plan a funeral which honours the deceased while also meeting the wishes of those left behind.
When somebody dies and you find yourself in charge of planning their funeral, there's a lot to do and remember. Thankfully, that's why funeral directors exist: they'll make sure you don't forget anything important and oversee the running of the funeral so it all goes smoothly. You'll need to give the director some information so they can understand the type of funeral you're planning. It's difficult to get all of this across in the first day or so of grieving, so prioritise and determine what's most important.
Flowers have long been the traditional way to show your remembrance of someone who has passed away and send condolences to their family, and buying a floral display for the funeral is still a respectable way to do so in many cultures. While flowers are usually a welcome gift, there are some situations where you might want an alternative. Perhaps the deceased person made it known while they were alive that they didn't want people to send flowers, or their family may have decided they would prefer not to have them.
If you have lost a loved one, giving them a memorable send-off is the least you can do. You can turn the sombre mood into a celebration of the deceased's life, such that you appreciate what they have achieved over the years. You can customise the deceased's funeral by finding out the services that the funeral director or funeral home can offer you. Here are some of the modern trends that can help you hold a memorable funeral for your loved one:
Some people just want to go beyond a regular casket and funeral with a cremation, either following the wishes of the deceased, or their own. Regular people's unusual ash scattering preferences might go under the radar, but if someone's famous, even the most dull decisions turn into a dramatic affair...and when they're not dull, well, they're nothing short of inventive. Here are three ways ashes were scattered (or not) that might leave you thinking: