The death of a loved one can be an upsetting experience. The need to plan a funeral can add to the sense of disruption and stress. The help of family members or friends who have been through the process of planning a funeral can be helpful. If you keep these 4 tips in mind, you will be able to plan an appropriate funeral event that truly honors the deceased.

Bring Together Friends & Family

This tradition of bringing together all the people the deceased has known is an important part of achieving closure over the death and allowing people to connect in their shared grief. Every effort should be made to contact as many of the loved one’s family, friends, co-workers, church members and other contacts, to honor the passing of a significant human connection.

Honor the Deceased’s Burial Wishes

Another important feature of honoring a deceased loved one is to ensure that their wishes are considered for their burial. A variety of burial options are available, and, if needed, family members and close friends can help to clarify what the individual intended for their final resting place. Single burial and cremations spaces are available, as well as double spaces that allow for two individuals buried at different levels. Some people choose a family plot that allows space for a number of family members. Above ground mausoleums are also available, in either a stand-alone building or a community space.

Photographs to Remember the Deceased

Some families encourage those who plan to attend the funeral to bring their own photos of the deceased. These can be placed on a whiteboard or other display, so that other can enjoy them. This item can be stimulus for conversation, for memories and for helping to cement relationships of friends and family members.

Toasts & Relating Memories

Many families convene a post-funeral dinner, during which toasts are given to the deceased loved one and stories are shared of memorable events. This can be a good way for participating members to express the impact of the loved one’s life and passing.

Honoring a loved one who has had a significant impact on the lives of others requires careful thought and may require advice from other family members or funeral professionals. If you follow these tips, you will be able to provide an event that provides appreciation for the deceased loved one and closure for those who are left behind.

Author's Bio: 

Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn't on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber;