The death of a loved one is a profoundly shocking event that may affect you in ways you can't even perceive at the time. As such, handling funeral arrangements may seem like an insurmountable task. With proper preparation, however, you can rest assured that the professionals in the mortuary you select will be able to relieve as much of your stress as possible.
Below is a guide to some questions you should be sure to ask when you visit a mortuary to arrange for the funeral and disposition of a loved one. Finding the answers to these questions will provide you with the security of starting to receive answers during a time when it may feel like the questions are never-ending.
Ask About Transportation Arrangements
One of the biggest challenges on the day of a funeral is simply making sure that everyone who needs to be somewhere at a certain time is able to be there. If you plan to have services conducted in a variety of locations, it may be difficult to coordinate transport for elderly people or others who rely on assistance for movement.
Your funeral directors may be able to assist you with that process. They will have a wealth of experience for you to draw from, both in terms of arranging carpools and providing transportation themselves. If you know for sure that you'll have your loved ones nearby, your dread of the day may decrease substantially.
Ask About Handling Plants
Purchasing flowers or other small plants in honor of the deceased can be a great way to show love and support for a family, but handling those items in the aftermath can be a difficult chore. Most homes are not prepared to accept dozens of small plants at once, and a kind gesture can become a burden.
Many funeral homes have arrangements with local organizations for donation or other disposal of plants. The funeral home staff may also be able to assist you in ways to gently encourage mourners to show support in alternate fashions, alleviating you from the worry of handling many gifts.
Ask About Counseling Services
Even when a death is anticipated, the sudden finality of the event is likely to be extremely traumatizing. Rather than struggling through on your own, consider the options available to you in counseling services that may be a huge relief. A funeral director will have a great deal of information at his or her disposal that can help you find the support you need in the ways that will work best for you.