A funeral is an important event that should be planned with careful consideration, as each person only gets one to celebrate his or her life. People often die expectantly and suddenly leaving any funeral and burial arrangements in the hands of friends or relatives. These friends or family of the deceased may or may not have a good understanding of what the deceased would have preferred in his or her post death arrangements. A person planning his or her own funeral can prevent this guessing game and insure the arrangements are to their specifications.
I have chosen to plan my own funeral and post mortem arrangements with the minimal budget of $2,700. Since I have such limited funds to work I have decided to cremate my body instead of the more traditional burial in a coffin. Cremation is a cheaper alternative to an earth burial, more environmentally friendly, and increasing in popularity throughout the United States. This is a practical choice especially for someone with a small budged, burials in this day and seems more unnecessary and obsolete in a society of growing population and increasingly limited space and land.
My need for any kind of invasive body preparation can also be eliminated, as cremation will not require any kind of embalming or augmenting of the body’s appearance. I find it unnatural to drain and replace the body’s fluids with preservative chemicals. The body will only need to be refrigerated until the cremation ceremony, which will be provided by the Crematory I have selected. The ashes will be kept in an urn that will be purchased through an online source.
There will only be a single memorial service, acting as the funeral and the reception with the body not present. Accor...
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... think it would be more meaningful to have a tangible site where people can visit my ashes rather than scattering them. The other alternative would be to keep the remains in a cemetery but as the textbook mentions, this would be a much costlier option that won’t fit into my budget. Paper funeral programs will also be distributed at the memorial; people will often save these as a type of memorial for the deceased.
The death certificate will be purchased from Jefferson County for a fee of $20. An obituary will be put in the Denver Post for $75.
Although this wouldn’t be exactly my ideal funeral and post death arrangement, it would be the most realistic given the budget I have. It would be a relief just to know I had some say in how my life was going to be celebrated. After planning this funeral I will now be better prepared for helping my family in the future.
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