Tuesday, December 22, 2009

How To Plan For A Funeral Service

By Ramon Silva

Death is a harsh reality and yet we prepare so little for it. Paying respects to the dead is a centuries old practice that has constantly changed to suit the times. Traditionally, a funeral service was conducted in church and the deceased was bid farewell with hymns as well as a eulogy. However, this practice is changing these days, with more and more people wanting to go for a more personal funeral service for their near and dear one.

Carrying out a funeral service just after the death of a loved one can be a very arduous task for any family. One of the myths surrounding funeral services is that it is legally mandatory for the family of the departed to organize a service, but this is not true. Secondly, a majority of people have an erroneous belief that a service can be held only in a church. It is crucial to realize that traditionally, such services were conducted in church but nowadays, with importance being given to a personal touch, funeral services are being held more often in homes. Thirdly, such a personalized service does not require presence of a casket or presence of a pastor or clergy to carry out the rituals.

However, for any such personal funeral service, you need to keep the deceased person in mind while making the preparations. The music that will be played at the service must be soothing as well as from the favourites of the departed. You have the option of playing recorded music or engaging a live music band.

Personal items can be displayed in the form of a collage, thereby showing the world the true character of the deceased. It is also important to include an address in the service in form of a speech, poem or a song in the memory of the departed by a close friend or family member.

Last but not the least, it is important to give a memento to people who attend the funeral service, so that they can remember the deceased forever.

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