The Steps of Cremation Services
It may seem like there are too many things to do between losing a loved one and planning a cremation service in Holland, MI. After all, losing a loved one is hard enough without all the stress of details, decisions and planning.
There’s no need to stress, as planning and executing a cremation can be broken down into these six clear steps:
- Report the Death – The first step is to report the death to the proper authorities. If the death is at a hospital, nursing home, or hospice, the officials there will know what to do and will make the report for you. If you are at home, or have no other options, call 911.
- Prepare to Work with A Funeral Director – You will need the assistance of a funeral director to complete the death certificate, transport and store the body. Take note if the deceased made pre-arrangements for his or her cremation and be prepared to relay these wishes to the funeral director.
- Pick a Type of Service – There are several funeral service and cremation options you need to be prepared to choose from including funerals in which the service is held before the body is cremated or buried and the body is present, memorials in which the service is help after the body is buried or cremated and therefore not present, and graveside services in which the funeral takes place at the grave.
- Make Cemetery Arrangements – If you choose a burial rather than scattering the ashes or putting them in an urn you will need to make cemetery arrangements. Decide where the burial will take place, and if necessary, purchase a plot. If you’re unsure where to start, your funeral home will most likely be affiliated with a cemetery and can help you find a plot. You could also check with your church, synagogue or other place of worship for further guidance.
- Make Service Arrangements – Feel free to get creative when making memorial arrangements to make the service personal and meaningful. Flowers, music, pre or post service events and other special touches help make the service personal for you and the deceased.
- Inform the Family and Write Death Notice – Personally inform all close family, friends and loved ones of the death, ideally over the phone or in person. If you’re nervous, take the time to write a script to help you make key points. Don’t forget to write and release a death notice to notify the rest of the friends, coworkers, associates etc.
Don’t let the stress of loss and planning overwhelm you. Simply follow these six steps and turn to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care when planning Holland, MI cremation services. You can stop by and visit us at 3627 Linden Ave SE Grand Rapids, MI 49548 United States or give us a call at (616) 452-3006 to learn more about what we can do for you in your time of loss.