You may want to think about the kind of funeral you would like. Funeral Directors play an important role in helping plan the funeral and in caring for your loved one after their death. By accepting the reality that the end of life is approaching, it is helpful to choose a Funeral Director in advance. This provides an opportunity to discuss arrangement with them before experiencing the impact of the death. The Family Support Team can also provide information about funeral arrangements, although it is Hospice policy that the decision about choice of a Funeral Director is left up to the family.
Even if you don’t want to plan your funeral in detail, it is a good idea to write down some basic information:
- Do you want a funeral service or some other gathering?
- Do you want to be buried or cremated?
- Where would you like your remains or ashes placed?
- Who would you like to be invited, and who would you like to speak?
- Is there special music you would like?
- Would you like flowers or would you prefer people give to a particular charity instead?
- Is there a special memory or legacy you want to share?
If you find it hard to discuss your funeral wishes with your loved ones, your palliative care team can help.
Australian Funeral Directors Association have wonderful resources to guide you in planning and finding an appropriate Director. Click here for more.