Planning A Beautiful Service

When my grandmother passed away, I was astonished to learn that I had been named the executor of her estate. After splitting up her belongings amongst my aunts and uncles, I turned my attention to planning her funeral. I didn't know where to start. Fortunately, I was able to find an excellent funeral home that understood how to help people plan beautiful memorial services. It was amazing to go through the process of planning the music, the speakers, and even the set-up of the room. This blog is all about planning gorgeous memorial services for the people that you love so that you aren't left grappling with difficult decisions.

Save Money On Funeral Costs with These Five Tips


When a loved ones dies, you might not be financially able to spend $7,000 to $10,000 for funeral costs. However, there are some things you can do to cut down on the costs that you are responsible for. Use the following tips to save money when planning a funeral.

Make Your Funeral Program Digital

You might be thinking about printing copies of the funeral program, but if you have 100 people coming to the service, you may be paying $90 to $300 dollars. Instead of doing that, consider creating a simple, free website for the loved one who has passed away. That way, not only can you post the program for the funeral, but you can also include pictures and other items on the site. Many of your guests are likely to have smartphones and computers that can access and download the online program, and they can print out the program and pictures if they choose.

Shop Around for a Casket

While you might think you need to purchase a casket from the funeral home where you plan to hold the service, Oklahoma is the only state that bans retail-only sales of caskets. This means that you can search for affordable caskets from a number of retail sources if you choose to. You may even be able to find a local artisan who can create a casket for your loved one.

Have One Viewing Day

Many families offer viewings of their loved one for a number of days. To save money, think about having only one day of viewing. You might even stick with one evening. Work with your family to choose the day and time that might be best; while you might not be able to find a time that works for every single person who wants to attend, you should be able to find a suitable time for most.

Consider Cremation

If your loved one had no objection, cremation might be a choice for you and your family to talk about. Cremations typically cost about $2,000 to $4,000, which is less costly than other options.

Ask for Donations Instead of Flowers

Some people choose to send flowers to the funeral home after learning that a friend or acquaintance has passed away. When they call you and ask for the address of the funeral home, you might consider asking them to donate to funeral costs instead of sending flowers.

Use the tips laid out in this article to help you save some money when you need to pay for the funeral of a loved one. Be sure to talk to a funeral home staff, like from M J Murphy Funeral Home, to get more ideas about how you might be able to save.


20 November 2015