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3 Steps to Planning a Funeral December 13, 2017

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3 Steps to Planning a Funeral, Colchester, Connecticut

When you’re mourning the loss of a loved one, finding the energy to start planning a funeral can be difficult. You want the ceremony to be special and give tribute to the deceased. It’s easy to forget or overlook the many steps to arranging a funeral, so this guide details what needs to be done and will help you every step of the way.

3 Parts of Planning a Funeral

1. Notifying

After a loved one has passed, the first step is to let people know. Family and friends should be notified. If the deceased wrote a will, contact their legal representative to read over their requests with the family or closest relatives. See if they had a preferred funeral home. If not, do your research and find a facility that does both services and burials.

2. Arrangementsplanning a funeral

Once you’ve chosen a funeral home, you’ll have a meeting with the director to discuss your budget, options, and make arrangements for the departed. This includes deciding on the type of ceremony and selecting the burial location. If their preference was not discussed previously, you and your loved ones must elect whether they will be buried or put in a mausoleum, cremated or not, and have ashes scattered, kept with the family, or buried. Organs, tissues, and the body can also be donated to a medical school. Caskets, urns, and grave markers can be selected at this time.

3. Post-Funeral

After your family and friends have had time to mourn the loss of your loved one, you’ll have to handle legal and financial matters. This still may be challenging to get through, but it should be done as soon as possible to prevent future hassles. Make sure you have access to legal advice throughout this process. Their estate must be handled, whether by an executor or administrator, depending on the presence of a will. Taxes and debts of the deceased need to be paid, often before anyone can access their estate. Inform employers, government agencies, and services of the passing of your loved one.


The professional and compassionate staff at Belmont Funeral Home of Colchester, CT, know the process of planning a funeral can be draining. They’re here to help you create the perfect service to celebrate and honor your loved one. If you need efficient funeral planning services, emotional support, and an experienced team you can trust, call (860) 537-2900 to begin preparations. You can also view their services online.

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