More than 2.8 million funerals take place annually, and few planning mistakes were likely made in the process.
If you are faced with planning a funeral for your loved one or preplanning something for yourself, the caring and professional staff at Bi-State Cremation & Funeral Services offers these suggestions to avoid common funeral planning mistakes.
Not pre-planning your own services. Thinking about the inevitable is not pleasant. You can, however, make your wishes known by pre-planning your arrangements. This allows you to make your wishes known. It saves your family from undue stress at an already difficult time, and it maintains financial control over the choices made. With pre-planning, you are able to maintain self-reliance and remain an example of independence to those you leave behind.
Not asking questions. Making funeral planning in a state of grief can cause you to make quick decisions without knowing all of your options. The staff at Bi-State Cremation & Funeral Service will walk you through every step and make sure you know what options are available to you. We will never rush you through the arrangement process. We won’t steer you toward a more expensive option that you don’t want or need. We suggest bringing someone with you when you make arrangements, and also write down any questions you have. It is our job to understand the way you want to honor your loved one and explain the options available for a meaningful service.
Forgetting the details. Keeping things simple in a ceremony is fine. You can look for ways to personalize the service to best honor the deceased. Choosing specific music and readings are a great way to highlight the unique person they were. Knowing details about the special life of your loved one, such as military service, and incorporating them into the service will also be appreciated by those who attend the service.
Making it all about the money. The costs associated with honoring and burying a loved one add to the already stressful time. Along with pre-planning, pre-funding a funeral can take pressure off of family and friends following your demise. This is not always possible. You don’t need to sacrifice the vision you have for your loved one, and you should go bankrupt honoring them either. At Bi-State Cremation and Funeral Service, we offer transparent pricing for all budgets. We work with you to make sure you have no regrets in your planning and help you solve any challenges you might come across.
Not taking care of yourself. Planning a service while you are grieving takes a toll on your body and spirit. Let friends and family help. Step away briefly when a decision is too much to handle in the moment. Eat well, stay rested, and remember that you are not alone.
If you are making plans for the future or have an immediate need for services, you can count on St Louis’s own Bi-State Cremation and Funeral Service to make the process as easy as possible. We are here to answer your questions, suggest ideas and honor your loved one the way you envision. Call us anytime for your affordable St Louis cremation and funeral needs at 314-831-8868. We take pride in the respect, dignity, and affordability of our St Louis funeral home services in our community.