Who should be involved in the funeral service
Many details go into a funeral service to honor your loved one.
Family members and friends can be eager to help out during this time but who is the right person for each task? It can be difficult to delegate tasks to everyone and to assign them appropriately.
Before assigning tasks to individuals, it’s essential to have a discussion with them about what jobs would work best. If you have someone who is overly-eager to help out, it can be helpful to have extra tasks that can be easily accomplished.
Here are a few roles and tasks that can be accomplished by family, friends or professionals:
- Officiating the service - a pastor, religious official or celebrant preside over the service
- Readers and musicians
- Guestbook attendants
- Escort for elderly guests
- Host for out-of-town guests
- Clean-up crew for the reception
All of these tasks require different skill sets and talents, and more may arise as you continue the planning process. After talking with family and friends, you can assess who has the best skills for each job. Remember that you are providing them with an opportunity to support you through a difficult time, and perhaps find a measure of healing themselves.
Here are some tasks that our staff can assist you with:
- Creating a slideshow of family photos to play before and after the service and during the visitation
- Creating a memorial program to hand out to guests at the service
- Arranging flowers sent by friends and family
- Catering arrangements for the reception
- Writing the obituary and newspaper notice
Planning a funeral can be overwhelming, but relying on our team of professionals and friends and family can ease the stress.