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Planning a funeral has never been an easy task. Arranging the final ceremonies for a loved one is one of the most stressful and complicated task.

Whether you're planning a burial or cremation in Sydney for your deceased family member, here are some things you should remember:

 

1. Communication is crucial

Planning for the funeral of a loved one requires the input from every member of the family.

Whether you're deciding to do a burial or a cremation, or when you're picking out the casket, everyone has to agree. It is easier when the deceased has left a list of funeral wishes or he/she has pre-planned the funeral because you have a guideline to follow. But in case there's none, it's up for the family to decide everything and get every family on board. Keep the communication open and try to decide things rationally, rather than emotionally. Talk to your loved ones and get their opinion.

2. Create a meaningful obituary that reflects the most important aspects of the deceased life

Highlight the important memories you want everyone to remember. Don't forget to create a list of people that should be included in the obituary and let other family members read it before publishing. Choose newspapers and online websites where the obituary will be posted, particularly the local ones.

3. Manage invitations efficiently

Publishing an obituary is a good way to spread funeral information to the public.However, nothing beats personal invitation. Create a list of contacts of friends, relatives, acquaintances and people that should be invited. Send them an email, Facebook message or chat if you can. For those that do not use the internet, write them a short note with the important funeral information and send by courier.

4. Talk about money

Funeral costs can add up quickly, especially if you don't have a pre-planned funeral. In Sydney, funerals cost between $1000 up to as high as $6000. TO avoid coming home to more bills and putting your finances into crisis, make sure you spend only within your budget. List down the expenses and reach out to other family members who are willing to pitch in. You don't have to carry everything alone. (See our funeral packages)

5. Write down everything

Remember that when you're planning a funeral, you are also under a lot of stress. It may seem that you have taken care of everything but there is a high chance that you might forget something. To make sure you remember all the details, write everything down. Writing down every aspect of the funeral also provides you with a document you can show to other family members. If there are disputes or inconsistencies, you have something to fall back on.

If you have any questions or you need help planning a funeral in Sydney, you can always reach out to us for assistance.