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Tips For Saving Money When Planning A Funeral

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If you have been put in the position of needing to arrange a funeral while working with a strict budget, you will want to make sure that you are making use of the following tips. This way, you can still honor your loved one and say your final goodbye's, without having to worry about going too far in debt.

Reduce The Number Of Days For The Viewing

Even if you are expecting a lot of people for the viewing, you do not have to pay for the viewing room for two or three days. In many cases, you can not only choose one day for the viewing, but have only one time slot. Instead of the morning and evening viewing, you can opt for just the evening viewing, as this will allow for more people to attend with the common daylight work schedules and school hours. Just make sure that the viewing time that you have selected allows for a few hours, as you should have no trouble making sure that everyone gets a chance to pay their final respects to your loved one.

Consider Cremation Instead Of A Burial

If your deceased loved one did not leave any final wishes that you feel obligated to abide by, you have the option to select cremation instead of the standard burial. This can save you a substantial amount of money since you will no longer have to worry about purchasing a casket, burial plot, or a suitable headstone. Even though you do not have to purchase a casket, you can still have your loved one laid out in one for the viewing. In many funeral homes, there is the option to rent a casket for such situations. You will want to shop for a special urn so you have a special place for the ashes of your loved one once you receive them back from the funeral home.

Organize A Method To Collect Donations

When you are really struggling to pay for the cost of the funeral, even after cutting back on everything you could, there is always the options of collecting donations from friends and family. There are a few ways to do this. Some funeral homes already have websites set up that they can personalize with the information of the deceased. There will be a link on the page where people can click to submit a donation. You simply need to share that information with all of your friends and family. You could even ask that they share with their friends and other family.

When you take the time to review all of the ways to cut back on the cost of the funeral, you should be able to find a way to make the expense a lot easier to manage. For more information, contact a company like Foran Funeral Home.