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7 October 2016
When planning a funeral service there are two most common services. There are traditional funerals and memorial services. A traditional funeral is when the body is present during the funeral services. A memorial service is when the body is not present, and that could mean that the cremation remains are there, or the body is at its final disposition. These two most common types of services often come down to how much money you are willing to spend and according to Winston Fletcher; an average funeral cost is $4,500.
During the funeral planning, the Georgia Death Certificate of the deceased person must be completed. For this the name, date of birth, and date of death are needed. The Social Security Number is needed too so that the loved ones could have the deceased’s inheritance and property. To fill out the Georgia death certificate, any knowledge of military or armed services background is also needed. This could cause problems in the years to come because according to Judith Newman the baby boomers are getting old and are expected to die all at once. This would make it difficult because the death certificate would be filled out one after the other.
During the planning of the service, there are choices of cremation, burial, and visitation with cremation. Direct cremation could happen in many different ways. One way that a direct cremation could go is having a service before or after its final disposition. A direct burial could have a graveside service or not. A visitation with cremation is having a visitation service and then cremation after viewing the body and then later having a memorial service after or a traditional funeral before cremation. According to one article “Roller Treats”, funeral homes put their heart and soul into the planning and services of the family.
Another decision that must be considered during the funeral planning is what the body or cremation remains are going in. For burials and visitation with cremation, a casket is often used. Urns are used for people who want to be cremated, and there are many types of urns including ones used for burial and others to keep for memory. There are also vaults that are used for protection for urns and caskets. However according to Sam Mulgrew the caskets that the funeral homes sells are cheaply made
Another big part of planning a funeral is where the deceased’s final disposition will be. According to Cullen Murphy, funerals have changed in the past 30 years and this can be seen because funerals have been more personal and freer in the way funerals are being planned. For cremations people could keep, the ashes bury the ashes or scatter them. For the body it would really depend on where the individual lives. For people who live in Georgia it would be easier to be buried, whereas in New York it would be easier to be placed in a mausoleum.
The most important decision to make about planning a funeral is the cost and payment plan. A casket typically ranges from $995-$10000. An urn could go from $50-$2000. These are major reasons why most people decide to be cremated. It is cheaper to be cremated because a person would not have to pay the expenses for an embalmer, nor would they have to pay the expenses for a burial place or casket. According to Robert Bryce, people are not be able to have a funeral because they are so expensive. Some families that pay for the deceased decide to go the cheapest way possible and pay for the cremation and leave their ashes at the funeral home.
As anyone can see, there are many decisions that must be made while planning a funeral. There are many small decisions, but these are the biggest ones. According to Winston Fletcher funeral cost $4,500. Discussing the cost of the funeral most often leads to what and how many services a person will have. These are the major decisions a person must go through when planning a funeral.
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Sewell 1 inheritance and property. To fill out the Georgia death certificate, any knowledge of military or armed services background is also needed. This could cause problems in the years to come because according to Judith Newman the baby boomers are getting old and are expected to die all at once. This would make it difficult because the death certificate would be filled out one after the other.
Bryce, Robert. "Priest Puts Funeral Prices on the Internet." National Catholic Reporter 13 Sept. 1996: 5. Stude