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5 Considerations for Planning a Funeral Service January 14, 2019

Upon the passing of a loved one, some people feel a need to focus on their grief itself, rather than the planning of a service. Others, however, react by wanting tasks on which to focus, and funeral planning can be a useful way to keep life moving forward. In either instance, a reputable funeral director can make sure that the planning process goes as smoothly as possible. Here’s a look at five considerations when planning a funeral service.

Time and Location

In some cases, the survivors prefer to hold the service promptly so that they can start moving toward a greater sense of closure. However, if friends and family are spread out across the country, it might be preferable to wait a longer time so that as many people as possible are able to attend. Your funeral director can help you solve the logistical challenges that may arise in such a scenario.

Funeral Type

Certain situations call for certain types of services. For example, those who served in the armed forces are regularly honored with a military funeral that includes a bugler playing Taps, as well as a flag-folding ceremony. There are also funeral services that are meant for the nature lover, where the body is returned organically to the earth through a green burial.


One of the more difficult decisions could be whether or not to hold a viewing. If you do opt for a viewing, it can be arranged to be held with the utmost reverence.

Urn/Casket Options

Whether burial or cremation has been selected, there are many options for different vessel types and qualities.


Especially if the passing was sudden, budgetary challenges can feel like a significant obstacle. This is why it’s important to choose a funeral home that offers flexible payment options and affordable funeral packages. Your funeral director can work to ensure that you receive a memorable service at a comfortable cost.

If you’re looking for assistance with planning a service, it’ll be helpful to get in touch with a reputable funeral director. For a funeral home in Everett, Marysville, Monroe, Sultan, Granite Falls, Lake Stevens, and Arlington, WA, the trusted name is Funeral Alternatives of Snohomish County at 1-888-381-6993. Funeral Alternatives also provides funeral services in Seattle and King County. Feel free to contact Funeral Alternatives with any questions you might have during your difficult time.