Saturday, March 6, 2010

Things To Consider - By Fred H. Kitchen

THINGS TO CONSIDER

BEFORE VISITATION AND SERVICES
 Inform Family and Friends of Arrangements
 Complete “Items Needed” Checklist
 Get plenty of rest
 Eat Healthy
 Be prepared for visitors
 Arrange for sitters for young children and pets
 Document visitors, receipt of food and flowers at the house.
 Consider having someone stay at the house while you are at the visitation and services.
 Confirm transportation, arrival times and accommodations for out-of-town family members and guests.
 If applicable – start thinking about who you want to serve as pallbearers.
 Communicate any special needs or requests to the funeral home directors and staff.



DURING VISITATION AND SERVICES
 Wear comfortable clothes and shoes
 Greet visitors as they arrive
 Introduce yourself
 Encourage visitors to sign the Guest Registry and to view and photos, DVDs or other personal mementos displayed.
 Know that it’s OK to take a break to get away from crowds – to get off of your feet and to have a snack, soft drink or coffee or water.
 Understand that some people will be crying, while others may laugh as they reminisce.
 Be in contact with the funeral home staff for any changes or concerns you may have.

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