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Funeral Planning Guide

April 27, 2017

Planning a funeral for a loved one can be a daunting task. Because the service is generally arranged on relatively short notice, there is little time to ponder and plan, and there is no opportunity for a dress rehearsal.

While losing a loved one and planning a funeral is never easy, the burden is lessened if the family understands the wishes of the deceased. In order to help families begin planning, Covenant Church has developed a relatively simple Funeral/Memorial Service Planning Sheet.

The sheet is a starting point for preparing a meaningful service celebrating the life of a loved one. It asks the planner to consider in advance what funeral home should be called, what the final arrangements are for mortal remains and begins the planning for the service itself. It invites the planner to provide input on the selection of hymns and scriptures as well as other elements of the funeral service. Of course the plans can be changed, modified, and updated at any time.

If you would like to receive a copy of the Covenant Church Funeral/Memorial Service Planning Sheet, please contact Pastor Jim, Pastor Kevin or the church office. Either pastor will be happy to sit down with you to discuss the options available.

Once completed to your satisfaction, the sheet can be kept with important personal papers or given to the church office for safekeeping. No matter what you decide, let your family know what you have planned and where the sheet can be found. Discuss with them your wishes so they can be better prepared for the inevitable. Remember, preplanning your service will not hasten your death any more than ignoring the issue will keep you alive, but it will help guide and give comfort to your survivors at an emotional time in their lives. Do your family a favor and let them know your wishes.

The Funeral/Memorial Service Planning Sheet is just one of several documents that families find useful in times of distress.

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