Making Planning Cremation Services Easier
Planning cremation services in Phoenix, AZ doesn’t have to be stressful, but sometimes people inadvertently do things that can make planning cremation services harder and more frustrating.
If you can avoid doing these things, you can make planning cremation services easier.
One thing you’ll want to avoid is changing your plans over and over. If your loved one didn’t leave detailed instructions about the kind of cremation services they wanted, it can be difficult for you and your family to know exactly what to do to honor their memory.
One reason why cremation services plans can change over and over is because you and other family members haven’t sat down first to agree on a plan that you think would be consistent with what your loved one would have wanted.
Another reason why cremation services plans can change over and over is because you are trying to keep the peace with and between other family members. You do this this by accommodating everyone’s ideas about the cremation services, which, in turn, creates more conflicts and causes more changes.
To make planning cremation services easier when you’re making funeral arrangements for your loved one, try to get agreement on a general framework from other family members. However, let them know that this is their opportunity for input and once the framework is established, there will not be any changes.
Another things that can make planning cremation services harder than it should be is not providing the funeral home with all the documentation they need as soon as possible. Important documents that the funeral home needs include (but are not limited to):
- Birth certificate
- Social Security card
- Marriage certificate (if applicable)
- Divorce decree (if applicable)
- Military discharge orders (DD Form-214), if your loved one was a military veteran and you want military honors included in their cremation services
There may be legitimate reasons why you don’t have some of these important documents. Perhaps your loved one didn’t tell you where they are located or didn’t leave them all in one place that is easily accessible.
Perhaps you know where these documents are, but you can’t access them (you are not your loved one’s authorized representative, you don’t have the entry code for the home safe they are in, or you don’t have authorization to access the bank safe deposit box where they are stored) quickly.
The quickest way to make this part of planning cremation services easier is to find your loved one’s will or living trust (either contact their lawyer or check their computer for these documents) and determine who their executor or trustee is, since this person has the authority to access these documents.
Another thing that can make planning cremation services more difficult is letting grief drive decision making. While grief is a normal part of death and dying, and it will be an inevitable part of the funeral process, grief is understandably unpredictable.
Grief ebbs and flows, and, with it, decisions can stay in flux. By allowing grief to dictate planning cremation services, it will be impossible to get a final plan in place. This will add more stress and frustration to cremation services planning, and it will delay the funeral moving forward.
You can make this part of cremation services planning easier by acknowledging that you are grieving and by asking the funeral director to help you stay on track and stay objective. Funeral directors have a lot of experience doing just this, and you will find that they know how to help you keep the process flowing smoothly.
For more information about planning cremation services in Phoenix, AZ, including grief resources, our caring and knowledgeable staff at Simply Cremations & Funeral Arrangements is here to assist you.