When the time comes to plan a cremation service for a loved one, you will need to put careful thought into each detail to properly memorialize your loved one. No matter which type of cremation service you want to plan, creating a task list is one way that you can simplify the process and be sure that you cover all the important point during a memorial service. These essentials tips can help you stay on track while preparing for a cremation service.
Tip #1: Start by Listing People Who Were Significant to Your Loved One
Before you can plan a cremation service, you need to know how many people may attend. If your loved one was a loner who had only a very small circle of friends and didn't have close relatives, the service you plan will likely be very different from the one planned for someone who was very socially active with a large family.
There are pros and cons to small, medium, and large service. If you have only a few people, you may be able to easily go to a remote location, but larger services will call for more traditional cremation service locales. Once you have a list of all the people you want to invite to the cremation service, you can start setting concrete goals for the service itself.
Tip #2: Break Each Task Down into Doable Actions
As you plan the cremation service, break each task down into doable actions. For example, if you are planning to have your loved one's ashes placed in necklaces that you plan to give each person who attends the cremation service, you will need to break that task down into doable actions such as contacting the company that makes cremation service jewelry and coordinating how the ashes will be included in the necklace.
The key is to make the planning process as easy on yourself as possible. When you break down the larger to-dos into smaller, doable actions, they won't seem overwhelming because you are giving yourself a map to easily navigate to get where you want to go.
Tip #3: Invite Input from Mourners Closest to Your Loved One
When you are planning the cremation service, don't go the martyr route. Sometimes people who find themselves in the position of taking care of the final plans of a close loved one feel that they must take on every little thing themselves. Here's the good news: you don't need to do it all. It's okay to rely on others to help with the cremation service plans.
What you will likely find is that people love to share their opinion, and that will take some of the responsibility off your shoulders. Ultimately, you are in charge, and you need to take the risk of being unpopular among attendees if you feel that you need to make a strong choice against the grain. By seeking input from others, you can help ensure that your loved one's service represents all the parts of the person.
Finally, it's important to create a task list when planning a cremation service. By doing so, it will be easier to plan and execute a cremation service that properly memorializes your loved one while including the things that you think would be most important to the person.