Hi everyone, my name is AnaMae Merton. I recently lost my birth parents during a heavy storm. Their deaths left me reeling, though we were not very close. Furthermore, I was the only surviving kin, so it was my job to arrange the funerals for both of them. The funeral arrangement process was incredibly difficult without knowing much about their personalities or passions. I struggled to find the best songs, outfits, caskets, burial sites and flowers. Luckily, the funeral director helped me identify suitable options for my birth parents' funerals. I hope to help people understand all of the different funeral arrangement options available today. Please visit my site anytime to learn more.
Hosting a funeral luncheon after the funeral service can be an integral part of the grieving process. It gives you a chance to share memories with loved ones, and it also provides everyone with a much-needed chance to relax after the formal nature of a funeral. If you are planning to host a luncheon after the funeral of a loved one, there are many venues you can use for the meal. Here are some options to consider as you prepare for the funeral service and luncheon.
The Funeral Home
Some funeral homes have separate rooms available for hosting luncheons after the services are complete. Plan to have the caterer come in and set up while you and the rest of the family are attending the graveside service, as this will help to ensure your meal is ready when you arrive back at the funeral home. If you are planning to do a pot luck meal, be sure that the funeral home has a refrigerator available for storing the food and an oven or microwave for heating up hot dishes. Contact a funeral home, like Parsippany Funeral Home Inc, for more information.
You may feel more comfortable hosting the luncheon in your home or the home of your loved one. If you select this option, consider renting extra tables and chairs. You can set them up in the basement, or you can move furniture out of the living room or dining room to accommodate your extra guests. Because you won't be home to prepare the meal ahead of time, consider having it catered. This will ensure you can focus on making the funeral run smoothly instead of on cooking.
A Veterans' Hall
If your loved one was a member of the military, you might want to consider hosting the luncheon at a local veteran's hall, such as the VFW. You may qualify for a discount on the room rental, and many halls offer on-site meal preparation or discounted catering services. Your funeral home director can help you to determine which halls are closest to you and whether or not you qualify for a discount.
Your church may have a multipurpose room or basement space you can rent for hosting the luncheon. Some spaces may even have kitchenettes available for heating up casseroles and side dishes. Consider purchasing the main course, such as chicken, and inviting mourners to bring a dish with them for the luncheon. The church may even provide you with people to help set up the tables and the meals.
Talk to your funeral home director about these options, and have him or her help you to make the arrangements needed for the meal. With a little planning and some help from the funeral home, you can host a wonderful luncheon to celebrate the life of your loved one.