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Funeral Arrangements

funeral arrangementsMaking funeral arrangements for your elderly parent feels like a heavy task. You’ve been their caregiver for many years. You may be emotionally and physically drained. You started making a list, but think you’re forgetting some things. At Mountain View Funeral Home, we have some helpful advice that can make funeral arrangements less stressful for you.

First off, organized legal affairs are a must for headache-free funeral arrangements. Here are some essentials that you’ll want to review and determine:

  • Who is legally responsible for making the final decisions for your loved one? This is noted in a Last Will and Testament or a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care . These documents will identify the designated agent who is to fulfill your parent’s wishes upon their death.
  • The chain of command for assigning a designated agent is typically applied in this order –
  1. Legal spouse/partner
  2. Surviving adult child/children
  3. Surviving parent
  4. Surviving adult sibling
  5. Ex-spouse
  6. Parent of minor child

Pre-planning your parent’s funeral arrangements means you won’t be as overwhelmed at the time of their death. Events will flow more seamlessly. In turn, you’ll gain some needed emotional and mental space. While there are many options and decision to make when planning funeral arrangements, here are a few details that you can consider ahead of time:

  • Life insurance
  • Budget available for a funeral/burial/cremation
  • Casket
  • Grave marker
  • Personal remembrance options
  • Burial plot/Mausoleum/Vault
  • Recent photo for newspaper obituary and preparation purposes
  • Establish location of military discharge papers
  • Determine speakers for funeral services
  • Designate pall bearers

Mountain View Funeral Home can help you through the pre-planning stages of the funeral arrangements. Our caring and compassionate staff understands the details and emotions that are involved. Whether you are pre-planning a funeral or making funeral arrangements after the passing of a loved one, we are here to help you. Call us with any concerns or questions that you might have at 480-832-2850.

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