Looking to plan a funeral with a funeral home in Biggar, SK from out-of-state? It’s not as difficult as you might think. Other than a few details, such as transporting the body between states, it’s no different from planning a funeral in-person.
But this only mildly raises the complexity of arranging a funeral, especially if you follow the tips below:
Choose a workable plan
Everything about a successful funeral arrangement, in-person or out-of-state, rests on a practical plan – budget and personnel-wise.
There are different possible arrangements one can make. You can have a direct cremation, traditional cremation, traditional funeral, or cremation with a memorial service. Each one has its processes and budget.
It’s also possible to have a dual-location arrangement. You can have a public visitation at the deceased’s location, then have the body shipped to you for an in-person burial. Or have their cremated remains transported to a third location for scattering or celebration of life.
Understanding what each arrangement requires will enable you to develop one that suits your budget and or the deceased’s wishes.
Find the right funeral director
Suppose you wish to transport your loved one’s body from out-of-state to your location after the visitation. In that case, you will need two funeral directors—one from the shipping funeral home and another from the receiving mortuary.
Both will need to coordinate and ensure the arrangement is in line with federal rules and regulations.
These details are why you need a funeral director that’s skilled and experienced in arranging your specific out-of-state funeral, regardless of whether you wish to transport the body or remains after the service.
You need a competent person who will be your eyes and legs, execute your ideas and smartly solve issues you may not have thought of. So, just any funeral director won’t do.
Take your time to look for a reputable funeral home in the deceased’s location. Many of them will have websites. Visit a few to learn about their services, and check out their Google reviews to see what others think of them.
Asking neighbors and family members who live close by is also a good way to find the right funeral director.
Publish the obituary as soon as possible
If you’re out of town, it’s also likely that some potential attendees are too. Hence, the sooner you release the obituary, the likelier it is for people to show up.
It’s one of the easiest ways to accommodate your out-of-town guests. They will have enough time to plan the trip, including booking a hotel if necessary.
Another option is to have the funeral on a weekend, which is typically free for most people. This is why funerals are common on Saturday afternoons and early Sundays. Guests can spend extra time saying goodbye without rushing to return to work.
Ultimately, working with a reputable Biggar, SK, funeral home is the key to successful out-of-state funeral planning. We take pride in being one and are only a phone call away. Contact us now to get your arrangements started.