A funeral is always a somber affair. The whole world seems to stop spinning, and time is halted. But alas, there are responsibilities to take care of and though planning a funeral service may be hard, with all the legal and financial matters to attend to, there are ways to alleviate the difficulty somewhat. Here is the useful reference.
A funeral is given to give meaning to the life of the deceased. It is a celebration of life, as well as a send off to the dearly departed. It gives cause to have family and friends come together to remember the deceased while at the same time give comfort to each other. If the task of funeral planning falls on you, you had best be ready.
Unless the deceased had planned ahead, it is best to tap the services of a funeral director. They are knowledgeable in these matters and know what to prepare. Though you might have an idea, in a time of mourning, sometimes you cannot think clearly or are in a daze so a funeral director is of utmost importance. Also, in terms of cost, it is best to inform those nearest to the departed and try to agree on how to shoulder the overall costs of the funeral services.
A director can also handle all the technical planning and logistics of the funeral. If the departed has left a list of wishes on how to be buried, take that into account as well. Let the director know if the deceased had wanted to be buried, entombed or cremated. The costs of each vary, so be sure that all financial matters have been prepared by you and the family. Also, you can ask guests to donate cash in lieu of flowers to a favorite charity of the deceased. Make it known by word of mouth or through the obituary.