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2 Major Things to Consider if You're Planning Your Own Funeral Service

Did you recently attend the funeral of a friend or an extended family member? If so, it might have inspired you to think about the time that you will leave this earth. Perhaps you were touched by certain parts of the funeral service and you want to include them in your own service. On the other hand, you might have thought that the funeral service of your friend or extended family member could have been better planned.

For whatever reason that you are planning your own funeral, here are some ideas that might help you.

The Music 

Have you noticed how different music touches your soul in different ways? Think of the mood you want to set at your own funeral service. For example, if you want a solemn service, consider selecting traditional hymns like How Great Thou Art and Amazing Grace for those in attendance to sing. On the other hand, if you want a lighter mood, think of having songs like When The Saints Come Rushing In. Are you a very patriotic individual? If so, consider including patriotic music for your funeral service. If you love movie songs, choose something like Somewhere Over The Rainbow from The Wizard of Oz, or even something light like You've Got A Friend In Me from Toy Story. 

There are many great song options out there. Consider creating a list of songs you want to incorporate in the funeral services and mention specific parts of the program you want them to play the music.

The Spoken Word 

Have you decided whom you want to speak at your funeral service? Consider asking more than one or two people, as there is always the possibility that they won't all be available at the time of your death. Think of making notes that the speakers can use. For example, write down anecdotes that will add interest or humor to the service.

Another idea is to ask each of your children to just speak from the heart at the service. Consider writing a letter to those in attendance. Include things that are important to you in your letter. For example, if you are a devout Christian, you may want to write a testimony on how your belief in God has strengthened your faith during earthly trials. 

Think about having a display of items that mean something special to you. For example, if you are an avid chess player, ask the person who is setting up the display to include your chess game in the display. If you love to paint, think of having some of your art on display, too. 

As morbid as it sounds, it's never too early to plan your own funeral services. Learn more about your options by contacting local services such as Shepherd Funeral Home.