It’s extremely difficult to think about a loved one’s passing.
However, it’s important to recognize that death is a part of life.
As painful as conversations about funeral planning may be, they will make
life much easier for the surviving spouse. As you and your spouse
begin the funeral planning process, consider asking each other the following questions.
How do you imagine your funeral?
When planning something as complicated as a funeral, you and your spouse
are best off answering broad questions to start. For instance, you might
ask, “Where would you like to hold your funeral?” and “Would
you prefer a religious service or a secular one?” Once you and your
spouse feel comfortable with the more general questions, you can start
thinking about details.
Which details are most important to you?
As you and your spouse ponder your respective funerals, specific details
will likely come into your minds at random times. For instance, you might
discover that you and your spouse feel strongly about particular songs,
poems, or lines from scripture. You may even have particular flowers in
mind, or a specific eulogist you would prefer. The more details you can
come up with, the easier it will be for your spouse to organize your funeral
in accordance with your wishes.
How would you like your remains to be honored?
Finally, you and your spouse will need to determine how you want your
remains to be laid to rest. After you decide whether you wish for your
remains to be buried in a casket or cremated, determine whether you want
a burial plot, mausoleum space, or a personalized memorial. If you prefer
to be cremated, start thinking about where you wish to have your remains
buried, scattered, or kept.
After you and your spouse answer the above questions, you can call Mountain
View Funeral Home, Memorial Park, and Crematory at (253) 584-0252 to formally
begin the funeral planning process.
Pre-planning a funeral in Lakewood, Washington will help reduce the amount of grief and stress placed on your spouse
in the days after your passing.