If no funeral planning instructions were left by the deceased then you will need to determine what type of funeral arrangements to make. Only choose the funeral services that you want. Do not be pressured into something that you did not want. (Some items may seem frivolous like gloves for the pallbearers, 6 pair at $20 per pair for a total of $120. One group of widowers interviewed thought the gloves had to be purchased). Use our funeral planning checklist to keep track of things that need to be done. And, use our funeral provider’s comparison form to compare packages and pricing for funerals, cremations, and burials. It is very helpful to have everything in one place while you are making the necessary funeral arrangements during a stressful time. Click here to order the forms.
When choosing either direct burial or direct cremation the body will not need to be embalmed. Funeral homes are not allowed to embalm the body without permission and the law does not require it. However, when choosing a visitation, embalming may be required by the funeral home for the proper presentation of the deceased.