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.
If you have decided to plan your own funeral, you might be doing one of the nicest things you could ever do for family members who are left behind. Think about it. At the time of your death, they will be grieving. But what they will not be doing is having to face putting together a funeral service, simply because you have taken care of that yourself. From planning the funeral service to purchasing your own later etched monument, here are some ideas that might help you to plan your own funeral.
The Funeral Service
When you consider what funeral services are for, you'll more than likely realize that they exist for two reasons. They exist to honor the person who has died and they exist as a means for loved ones to say goodbye so that they can go forward with a feeling of closure.
Think of somebody, or of several people, whom you would like to speak at your funeral service. A close friend or an extended family member might be very honored to be asked to speak. Do you have grown children? Consider asking them to share anecdotes about you.
Also, consider the music that you want as part of the service. For example, if you are a religious person, you might select hymns like How Great Thou Art or Amazing Grace. If you don't want hymns, but you do want inspirational songs, consider songs like The Impossible Dream or Somewhere Over The Rainbow.
Your Resting Place
Besides planning the funeral service, think of where you would like to be buried. If you have been in the military, consider being buried at a military cemetery. Other ideas might include being buried where loved ones like your grandparents or grandparents have their final resting place. Or, consider selecting a totally new cemetery in a country setting, even if it is not close to your home. Wouldn't that be a peaceful place for your loved ones to visit your graveside?
Have you considered buying your own monument? If so, consider selecting a laser etching monument. You can even include your picture as part of the design of the monument. Besides including your name, birth date and death date, think about also selecting an inspirational message on the laser etched monument. Perhaps you have a favorite quotation or a favorite poem that could be etched into the stone. Laser etching is so versatile that you could choose just about anything you wanted to appear on your headstone.
Be sure to keep all important papers, including payment of the headstone, in a safe place. And, tell your loved ones what you have planned and where the documents are kept.