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How to Make Plans for a Senior Loved One’s Funeral

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Though it may be a difficult and unpleasant experience to plan an elderly loved one’s funeral, it is something many families will eventually have to face. However, helping your loved one make these arrangements can bring closure and peace for both of you during this challenging time. The staff at Chandler Home Care Assistance understands how sensitive this situation can be and hopes to make the process easier by guiding you through some of the planning.

Choose the Type of Funeral Service

Your loved one may prefer a traditional ceremony or a casual gathering that celebrates his or her life. Gently ask your loved one about what type of funeral he or she would like, if he or she would prefer a viewing or a wake, and if he or she wants to be cremated or buried.

Decide on Religious Involvement

Even if religion hasn’t been a part of your loved one’s life for many years, he or she should decide on how much religious involvement there should be in the funeral. This may include having a religious leader speak or conduct the service, special hymns or scriptures he or she would like to be sung or printed on the program, or religious traditions like prayers or rites that he or she would like to occur during the funeral.

Ask Your Loved One Who He or She Would Like to Be Involved

Your loved one may want to honor friends or family members or even a Chandler caregiver he or she has become close with by having them be a part of the service. This could be in the role of a pallbearer, giving a eulogy, writing the obituary, or presiding over the funeral. Giving your loved one this opportunity can help him or her say goodbye to the people he or she loves and cherishes.

Set Aside Money for the Funeral

The average funeral can be expensive. Some funeral homes offer prepaid plans for funeral and burial expenses, though many financial experts agree it is best to set up an account for funeral expenses instead of prepaying for them. Prepaid plans are sometimes fraudulent and can end up costing family members money, time, and frustration. An account set up specifically for a funeral can give your loved one peace of mind knowing his or her services are financially covered while preventing the problems that can occur with a prepaid plan.

During your loved one’s final stages of life, it’s important to spend as much quality time together as possible. Hiring a professional caregiver from Home Care Assistance can help free up some of that time. Our caregivers can take care of chores like cooking and cleaning and help your loved one with personal tasks like bathing and grooming, and we also offer comprehensive Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and post-stroke care for Chandler seniors who need more extensive assistance. For more information on our senior care services, call one of our Care Managers at 480.448.6215 to schedule a complimentary consultation.