Having to plan a funeral for a loved one is an emotional experience. Family members are often unprepared for this responsibility.
Funeral planning contributes to the stress and sorrow of a loved one’s passing, and it can exacerbate family relationships that were already strained. If you face this situation, there are a few common challenges to expect.
1. Time sensitivity
Funerals usually happen very quickly after the death of an induvial. This period can feel rushed and hurried and ruin any hopes of making peace with the passing or telling your loved one goodbye. You are not required to have the funeral immediately. If you need time, delay the service or plan a celebration of life event for a later date.
2. Financial Limitations
Even if your loved one planned ahead with a will or if you will receive funds from an inheritance, this is usually unavailable in the immediate days after the death. A funeral should honor your loved one, and you can find ways to reduce the cost to meet your budget. Rather than worrying about what everyone wants, focus on making a memorable farewell for your loved one.
3. Family tension
It is common for family members to put in their opinions concerning the ceremony. Sometimes, this creates tension and strife that further complicates a difficult situation. Be open and communicate honestly with one another, recognizing everyone is suffering from loss.
End-of-life conversations are hard to have. However, talking with an aging loved one can spare you from some of the funeral planning challenges.