When you experience the loss of a loved one, your life gets temporarily turned upside down. You are filled with questions, concerns, confusion, and uncertainty. It is helpful to consult your church or your family for emotional support, as well as, help with everyday duties like groceries and taking the kids to school. Once you have your support system in place, it is also helpful to clear up your confusion with some answers to the most frequently asked funeral questions. This will give you an opening to start your funeral planning process with ease and sophistication. Continue reading to do just that.
Do I Need to Have a Funeral?
Of course planning a funeral is a personal choice, unless the departed requested one in their last wishes. It is common to plan a funeral in your own unique way. Some people opt for cremation and a wake, some have a showing and a private funeral, and others simply opt for direct burial and no ceremony or wake. Some people even throw parties. It is all up to you on how you celebrate your last goodbyes with your beloved departed. Keep in mind, however, that funerals serve an important purpose in the mourning process for extended friends and family.
Should I Opt for Cremation or Burial?
If the departed did not set up a personal request prior to their passing, you can choose to go either way. Cremation in generally cheaper, quicker, and easier, which suits many people’s schedule and circumstances. It also allows for more time to schedule any ceremonies or events. On the other hand, funerals are the most popular choice because they are beautiful memorials that can be customized to truly honor the departed and the bereaved.
Why Are Funerals Expensive?
Funerals are really not expensive if you consider the type of life event they represent. Weddings, birthdays, graduations, and more are all important occasions that mark monumental life events. People spend a lot of money on these occasions, and a funeral is really no different in terms of importance. Also, the funeral business is an extremely labor-intensive industry with extensive facilities (viewing rooms, chapels, limousines, hearses, etc.), and a lot of things have to happen in a very short amount of time. Just like you would pay a wedding planner, a funeral director must also be paid. Accordingly, the quality of the casket and its accessories (lining, pillow, etc.), as well as the flowers, can be customized to fit your budget. The cost will depend on which items you choose.
What Happens With My Spousal Income Tax?
When you lose a spouse, your income tax will change. It is best to speak with your lawyer for professional assistance. In the case of losing a spouse, they will usually make time to see clients right away.