Creating Meaningful Funeral Ceremonies: A Guide for Families

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Designed to complement the clergy and funeral director’s role in the funeral planning process, this book walks families through the many decisions they will make at the time of a death and helps them create a ceremony that will be both healing and meaningful. Options are clearly explained and alternatives are also given, and charts and tables are included to help families assess cost options.
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Overview


Designed to complement the clergy and funeral director’s role in the funeral planning process, this book walks families through the many decisions they will make at the time of a death and helps them create a ceremony that will be both healing and meaningful. Options are clearly explained and alternatives are also given, and charts and tables are included to help families assess cost options.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781879651203
  • Publisher: Companion Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/1999
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 1,457,233
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.24 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan D. Wolfelt, PhD, is the author of numerous books on grief and bereavement, including Death and Grief: A Guide for Clergy, Healing Your Grieving Heart, and Understanding Your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart.

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Table of Contents

Preface 1
Introduction 3
Making the Initial Decisions 4
Having a Family Meeting 4
Choosing a Funeral Home 5
Working with Your Funeral Director 7
The Arrangement Conference with Your Funeral Director 9
Some Information Your Funeral Director Will Need (worksheet) 10
Choosing Someone to Lead the Ceremony 12
What Kind of Service Will You Have? 13
General Service Types 15
What Will Happen to the Body 18
Combination of Service Choices and Disposition Choices 21
Financial Considerations 23
Planning the Meaningful Funeral Ceremony 24
The Elements of Funeral Ceremonies 24
The Visitation 24
The Service 25
The Eulogy 25
Music 30
Memories 30
Symbols 32
The Procession 34
The Committal Service 34
The Gathering or Reception 35
Personalizing This Funeral Service (worksheet) 37
Some Ideas for Personalizing a Funeral Service 40
Glossary of Funeral Terms 42
Afterwords: Understanding Grief 44
Ongoing Ways of Remembering and Honoring the Life 51
Recommended Readings on Ritual and Ceremony 57
Organizations for Mourners 59
Funeral Planning Summary Worksheet 61
About the Author 67
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