How to Plan a Funeral Burial Service
A burial service is an age-old way to honor our dearly departed loved ones. It enables mourners and surviving family to pay their final respects before the deceased is interred in their final resting place. A lot of factors go into funeral services at a Houston funeral home but, with the help of a funeral director and preparation, funeral plans need not add stress or frustration during difficult times.
Selection of Burial Property
Many people choose and purchase burial plots or mausoleum crypts prior to their death. Some choose alternative options like cremation in Houston. Additionally, some families purchase large sections of local cemeteries for future burials. Pre-planning a funeral for family members completes important steps beforehand. Later, all you need to do is obtain the necessary documents to prove ownership of burial rights.
However, if no such plan is in place when a loved one passes away, the surviving family members must select and purchase burial property. Unlike buying a home or property, in which you own the structure and the land it’s on, purchasing burial property only gives you the right to inter an individual at that location. The cemetery still owns the plot and is responsible for maintenance and upkeep, toward which a portion of the interment and funeral costs will go.
In addition to the burial property cost, you’ll need to prepare for additional fees, such the specialized labor and equipment associated with “opening” and “closing” the site, as well as the headstone or grave marker and its installation.
Choosing a Casket and Vault
Caskets are often considered the most expensive aspect of interment. While this can be true, there are various casket options available at different price ranges. The choice falls to the personal preference of the deceased, as outlined in their last wishes, or the preference of the surviving family if no such wishes were specified. Your funeral home in Houston, TX is prepared to help in either case.
The funeral director will work with you to determine the best options, factoring in your price range and specifications. They keep the overall graveside service, burial, or cremation services costs manageable and within your budget.
Planning the Service
There is no set requirement for how a graveside service should go; it’s up to the wishes of the deceased, the bereaved, and any family or mourners who wish to help with planning. You may wish for a traditional service led by a clergy member, a more uplifting or loose service led by a celebrant, or a family-led affair where those closest to the recently passed direct the ceremony and dictate its contents.
Your funeral director can help as much or as little as necessary but, above and beyond other aspects of the process, the ceremony itself should be reflective of the personality, desires, aspirations, and accomplishments of the person being remembered. If you have any questions or concerns about planning a burial service or making prepaid funeral plans, please don’t hesitate to call us at 844.291.2610.