Organising A Greek Orthodox Funeral

3 Critical Considerations to Guide You When Planning a Memorial for a Loved One

Death is inevitable. Losing a loved one is a bitter pill to swallow, and swallowing it is often not optional. This can make it hard for you to organise the perfect memorial or funeral service for your loved one. And since you and your family members may not be sober enough to plan it, it's vital to get some professionals, such as the funeral directors, to help you do it. This reduces the amount of stress and allows you to mourn the deceased. However, if you and your family agree to have a memorial for your loved one, see the aspects you should pay much attention to so you can make it excellent.

The Costs Attached to the Memorial Service

Losing a loved one often can have a huge impact on the family's financial situation. When the breadwinner passes on, the family can be forced to stretch a bit and work harder to ensure that they don't deplete all their financial resources. To make it happen, the family members should make a budget for the memorial services and estimate how much money it's going to cost them.  They should then find some ways to help them keep the funeral costs reasonably low.

Wishes of the Deceased

When a family member is ill for a long time, and the condition seems to deteriorate each day, death is sometimes not unexpected. In this case, the family pays much attention to what their loved ones would want their lives to be memorised or celebrated once they are gone. Actually, incorporating the wishes of the deceased into the memorial service is the last respectable thing you can do for your loved ones. If the deceased did not have any explicit wishes, then the family members can plan the memorials around the themes that their loved one was fond of.

Method of Disposing of the Body

When planning a memorial, think of how the body would be disposed of. Different body disposal methods dictate how and where a memorial service is conducted. Some people prefer to be cremated and have their ashes thrown out to the sea. Others choose to cremate their loved ones and keep the ash in an urn. This makes them feel that their loved one is always around. 

In some cases, you can choose to honour and celebrate the life of your loved ones by erecting statues or monuments. On the other hand, you could immortalise your loved one if their body is donated to advance science or be used for learning. But no matter the kind of memorial you plan to have, All in all, if the family is not in a position to conduct the memorial, ensure you bear in mind the three factors above.