When dealing with a sudden or expected loss, there are countless things to tend to and planning cremation services in Toledo, OH may seem like an entire project in itself. The truth is, if we’re lucky, most of us don’t have much experience planning a cremation service, but this may leave us not knowing where to begin when we lose a loved one. At Habegger Funeral Service, we understand what a challenge this can be, especially while dealing with a complicated set of emotions, which is why we’ve put together a simple checklist to help you take it all one step at a time.
– If cremation hasn’t been specifically requested, consider the decision
If your departed loved one didn’t specifically request to be cremated, take a little time to do your research. Know the pros and cons of cremation and what type of cremation services are available.
– Consider family members and close loved ones
Death typically affects many people, and you’ll want to consider the grieving process of other family members and loved ones. Allow those close to the departed to be a part of the final decision and planning process. Typically all children (or next of kin) will have to sign off on a cremation taking place (or just the spouse if the departed was married).
– Schedule time with a funeral director
It’s important to schedule time with a funeral director to have any questions or concerns you may have addressed prior to the cremation service, and to gain any extra information or insight you may need for the process.
– Document Your Intent to Cremate
– Arrange for the transportation of the deceased remains
For some cremation services, families choose to have a formal escort, similar to a traditional grave burial service.
– Consider the type of ceremony you’d like to have
Choosing cremation services doesn’t always mean foregoing a ceremony. Many still choose to honor their loved one with a wake, burial service, or a scattering of the ashes. This gives loved ones a chance to say their final goodbyes and share some memories about a life well lived.
– Give Family Members Plenty of Advanced Notice
You’ll want to give family members as much of a heads up as possible to allow them to request time off of work and/or make the necessary travel arrangements. That way, everyone has their chance to say goodbye.
If it seems like a lot to remember, don’t worry, at Habegger Funeral Services, we will help walk you through every step of the process no matter what type of service you choose. We believe in clear communication, no pressure, and doing whatever it takes to help you complete your vision of a service fit to honor your departed loved one. If you have any questions or would like to start preparing a service, give us a call at (419) 214-2622 or come and meet one of our funeral directors at 2001 Consaul St. Toledo, OH 43605.