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Funeral planning can be stressful, and it will no doubt keep you very busy; the best way to reduce the pressure involved is to make sure you’re well prepared. It helps to start with a plan. On this site, you can find a comprehensive list of everything you’ll need to take care of when you’re planning a funeral.
There is a lot of stress surrounding a funeral, especially when the loved one in question has already passed on. You may find yourself overcome with grief. At these times, it helps to have someone slightly more removed from the deceased to act objectively and handle the responsibilities of funeral planning.
When you start to plan a funeral you’ll learn that there are a number of decisions that need to be made, regardless of whether you’re dealing with a death or pre-planning.
Planning a funeral can be a multi-layered process. After you’ve completed the initial arrangements, there are a number of additional things to be done:
Charitable donations are a great alternative for families who don’t want to receive a lot of flowers, and are particularly appropriate when the deceased has suffered from a specific illness or disability. For funeral planners who are unsure of what charity might be suitable to commemorate the memory of a loved one, there are a couple of online lists available. A full list of American charities is available at www.charities.org.
In some religions more than others, it’s an accepted practice to make charitable donations. Whether or not donations are welcome may relate to religious views about flowers and sympathy. The practice of giving to charity is more common in the Jewish and Christian religions than in others such as Hindu and Islam. In Islam it’s customary to help the family pay for funeral expenses.
If you’re unfamiliar with the religion of the deceased or you’re not sure how your expressions of sympathy will be received, you should ask a family member directly. If this isn’t possible, you can look up most traditions online. You have to remember that even if the deceased was not an overtly religious person, they may have a traditional funeral for their family.
If the obituary invites you to donate to a charity, you can do this in a number of ways. If the obituary isn’t clear on how to do this, you may contact Hughes McArthur Mortuary and find out how to donate to the intended charity.
If you want to make a donation on your own, you can call Hughes McArthur Mortuary to have a card put out in your name, then make the donation personally. You can do so by mailing a check to the charity, donating directly or by paying through your bank. Hughes McArthur Mortuary may also have pre-printed envelopes that you can simply send with a check to the charity.
In some cases, Hughes McArthur Mortuary may provide for the collection of donations (accepting nothing but checks), which they then forward to the charity.
If the obituary instructs you to make a charitable donation in lieu of flowers or other memorials, you can still send flowers as a thoughtful contribution, while also making a charitable donation.