Combining religions in funerals

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Combining religions in funerals

My mother converted to Judaism when she married her second husband. When she died it was a little confusing to work out what kind of ceremony to have for her funeral as she was brought up a Catholic and brought up the children from her first marriage (including me) as Catholic. The funeral home was a great help in this tricky time as they worked with the rabbi to work in some of the aspects of both religions and we ended up with a really beautiful service that everyone enjoyed. This blog has ideas on how to incorporate multiple religions into one funeral service.

Dealing with a Funeral Director: 5 Tips

The death of a loved one can be a very traumatic experience. As well as having to cope with the feeling of loss, you will also have to handle the funeral arrangements. You should seek out a funeral director who is organised, easily reached and who is willing to accommodate any special request you have for the service such as music and transport arrangements. After all, the funeral of a loved one isn't the kind of thing you can compromise on. Here are the actions you should take when choosing a funeral director. 

Research Your Options

You shouldn't choose to use the first funeral service you find online or in the phone book. You should instead make a list of local funeral directors and check out their credentials and any reviews from other families who have used their services.

Meet Face-to-Face

Meeting a prospective funeral director face-to-face before signing up for their services is always a good idea. Visiting the funeral home will allow you to assess how professional their operation is and that the office is clean and that the staff are polite.

Ask Questions

You should use the face-to-face meeting as an opportunity to ask questions. It can be difficult to remember things when you are grieving, so you should write down any questions you have and ask family member or friend to accompany you to the meeting. This will ensure you do not forget any questions and will give you the peace of mind that the questions will still be asked by a supportive person if you are overcome with grief.

Specify Your Wishes

As well as asking questions, you should also explain your wishes to the funeral director. Explaining your plans for the funeral will help the director to understand how they will run the funeral and allow them to make any special arrangements to accommodate your wishes.

Do Not Worry

Although losing a loved one is a very difficult experience, once you have found a funeral director who meets your needs, you should try not to worry. Funeral directors are highly skilled professionals who will do all they can to celebrate the life of the deceased by giving them the send off they deserve.

If you have any questions or concerns about arranging the funeral of a friend or family member, you should contact a local funeral service and ask to speak to the director.