Planning Funeral Arrangements
As we know, planning a funeral can be overwhelming; let alone the fact you’re dealing with the grief and emotions of losing a loved one. That’s why at The Gardens of Boca Raton, we believe in helping families through this challenging time. With our expertise, we can help shoulder the stress and burden of planning a funeral, so you can focus on celebrating the life of your loved one.
In-Person Funeral Arrangements
We understand planning a funeral for a loved one is deeply personal. This is why we offer on-site offices to help you go over the many aspects of planning a funeral. With our in-person arrangements and meetings, we can guarantee all of your needs will be met.
At The Gardens, we believe in delivering personalized assistance to every family we meet. Our mission is to take care of your family as if it was ours. When you choose The Gardens for your funeral planning needs, we will make sure to listen to all your requests and questions. Our team will be with you every step of the way, whether it be to provide planning arrangement services, guidance services, or even counseling during this difficult time.
Planning a funeral has many variables. At The Gardens, we count on our all-in-one services to make sure you don’t have to go through the burden of seeking out multiple places. So, from funeral planning to burial arrangements, we’re here to help you and your family.
Funeral Preparations – What You Need
Before you even start planning a funeral, there are a set of documents and requirements you need to have in hand. From death notifications to issuing a death certificate, our team will assist you every step of the way.
Record of Wishes
In some cases, the deceased may have chosen to pre-plan his/her funeral arrangements. If this is the case, you should celebrate your loved one’s wishes by following the pre-planned arrangements. These are often planned with a funeral home and a cemetery.
Will or Testament
When pre-planning arrangements weren’t made, the deceased’s last wishes are often found in their will or latest testament. In many cases, their preferred burial option and their preferred memorial services are usually stated in these documents. In some cases, an attorney may have additional information regarding the deceased’s last wishes.
A death certificate will need to be issued to inform authorities about the death. For the death certificate you’ll need to gather:
- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Social security number
- Military service
- Parents name
- Final resting place
Part of the planning a funeral includes looking at burial options, as these can change the type of funeral service held. Often families choose from these burial options:
Funeral Service Considerations
Once all the elements needed to plan a funeral have been fulfilled, it is time to look at the funeral service considerations that will shape the type of funeral held to celebrate your loved one. Our team of experts will go over the many considerations needed to make sure your loved ones’ wishes, as well as your wishes, are met.
At The Gardens of Boca Raton, we understand the value of religious traditions. This is why, when planning funeral arrangements, we look at religious and non-religious traditions to celebrate your loved one. Understanding the religious traditions the family adheres by can help our expert team plan a thoughtful, respectful, and honorable funeral service.
Things to Consider
Before the funeral service, a few decisions need to be made to make sure the deceased’s wishes and the family wishes are met. Some funeral service things to consider include:
- What will the hours of visitation be for the funeral?
- What clothes will the deceased wear?
- Who will officiate at the funeral?
- Will flowers be displayed?
- Will donations be requested in lieu of flowers?
- Will there be a photographer?
- Will the funeral be live streamed?
- Will there be a videographer in attendance?
Going through these points with the family members involved in the funeral planning will help make sure the ceremony goes as planned.
After those considerations have been met or answered, it will be time to start planning the funeral ceremony. At this point, our team of experts will help you navigate through potential vendors and the many options available to plan a funeral.
There are many ceremony styles to choose from, including a traditional funeral service and a memorial service. However, today ceremonies include other rituals such as lighting memorial candles, releasing memorial lanterns, and so on. The ceremony style will also change according to religious belief and cultural traditions.
Things to Consider
Regarding the ceremony, a few decisions need to be made regardless of the ceremony style chosen to celebrate the life of your loved ones. These considerations include:
- Who will deliver eulogies? Who will write the eulogies?
- Will there be music? What kind of music?
- What scripture will be used?
- Will there be food served at the ceremony or after the service? If so, where?
- Where will the funeral ceremony be held?