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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.

5 Details You Should Not Forget When Preplanning Your Funeral Service

Many people are now opting to preplan their funerals in order to reduce the costs and the decisions that their loved ones will have to make once they die. However, some of those who preplan their funerals may forget to include some important details in their plans. This article discusses some of those personal details that you should remember to include as you preplan your funeral service.

People Not Known to the Family

Many people have friends and associates that they hold dear. However, those friends and associates may not be known to someone's family due to several factors, such as the distant locations where those friends live. Such people may therefore end up missing to attend your funeral because your family members did not know their importance to you. Include a list of the contacts of those individuals in your funeral preplan. It will then be possible for your family members to notify them so that they can attend your funeral service.

Your Preferred Funeral Service Readings

It is also good for you to specify the readings that you would like to be delivered during your funeral service. This may be particularly important if one or some of those readings may not be the normal readings that are delivered during funeral services by your religious affiliation.

Who Will Eulogise You

You should also select the individuals that you would like to deliver eulogies during your funeral service. This can help the family to be spared from the responsibility of trying to imagine what kind of eulogies you would have wanted at your funeral service. The people that you select are likely to know what exactly you would have wanted them to say at your funeral service.

Donations to Cherished Causes

Many people have charities that they strongly support in their lifetime. It may therefore be necessary for a donation to be made to such a charity during the funeral service. This donation can serve as a lasting reminder of how close that charity was to your heart while you lived. Name that charity in case you would like such a donation to be made.

Preferred Pallbearers

Some people may not mind who serves as a pallbearer during their funeral service. In such a case, anyone, including staff from a funeral home, can be a pallbearer. However, others are specific about who should be a pallbearer during their funeral service. Name your preferred pallbearers so that your wish will be honoured during your funeral service.

Don't think that it will be selfish of you to specify those personal details. Your choices are likely to comfort your family and friends because they will be sure that the funeral service was conducted exactly as you would have loved it to be conducted. Talk to the staff at a funeral home so that they help you to work out all the other details, such as the location, of the funeral service that you would wish to have.