The loss of a loved one is one of the most difficult situations to face in life. This can be especially trying if you are in charge of making the funeral arrangements. Our family here at FuneralHomes.com would like to share with your family some points from experienced funeral directors that will help you in such a troubling time.
When your friend loses a loved one, whether it’s a parent, grandparent, child, or other close relation, a natural reaction is to support your friend however you can. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to know how to comfort someone who’s grieving. Even if you have a similar experience, the heartbreak in someone else still can feel inaccessible or impenetrable. One of the best things to remember is that you’re not going to make the pain go away. Your primary purpose is to show your friend how much you love and care for him or her, and that you’re there to give support in whatever way you can.
There’s a lot of things you can do if someone you’re really close to loses a loved one. Some actions you can take include bringing food over to your friend’s home, sending flowers or chocolates, or being a shoulder to cry on. What you decide to do depends on your level of comfort and how intimate your relationship is with this person. It might also depend on how much pain this loss is causing. Your friend may just want to be alone. A great way to find out how you can be supportive during a difficult time in your friend’s life, is to ask. “What do you need right now?” or “How can I support you through this?” are great examples for questions you can ask.
If you have an acquaintance, or a friend who you aren’t particularly close with, you can still show consideration for what they’re going through. This is where condolence messages come in and can be a perfect way to get your sentiment across. Condolence messages are of course not limited to people who aren’t as close to someone who is grieving, but if you are in a more involved relationship then understandably you may want to do more. It is simply difficult to know what to say to someone, especially if you haven’t experienced a massive loss or shattering grief. We’ve compiled 15 examples of condolence messages that you can send, whatever your relation may be to the person who has suffered a loss.
With respect to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic we’re living in, times are tragic, traumatic, and tricky. We are left with so many questions about how to console one another, and ourselves. People we love are passing away, friends are losing their loved ones. In addition to people we love dying of COVID-19, we are unsure how to lay to rest our departed and how to appropriately comfort those we love who are mourning. So, let’s take a minute to address the elephant in the room — should we be attending funerals during this pandemic?
There are two answers to this. First, it depends on your level of comfort being around others or if you prefer to stay at home for safety. Second, and even more importantly, it depends on what the family has decided to do for the funeral arrangements. Families are deciding between a few options for funerals. If the family does decide to hold an in-person service, they may limit the number of people in attendance or keep the gathering to immediate family members. Some might even postpone services until after social distancing guidelines are lifted.
Funeral home staff members have been particularly helpful with providing alternative solutions for funeral arrangements. Some funeral homes are offering virtual services, such as live streams of memorials or other tributes. Others are providing online guest books where friends can leave notes of condolences and other personal anecdotes.
If the family prefers to hold an in-person funeral service, whether you choose to attend in person will depend on your level of comfort. For instance, if you have a family member at home who is immunocompromised, you may not feel comfortable attending the service and potentially increasing you and your loved one’s exposure to the coronavirus. However, if you do feel comfortable with personally attending the memorial to offer your condolences and pay your respects, the funeral home will most likely be observing social distancing measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to increase the safety of all those in attendance.
Most likely, yes. However, beyond the practice of wearing masks, the most important factor to preserve yours and others’ safety while attending an in-personal funeral service is to engage in social distancing. In adherence to social distancing guidelines, you may be attending an outdoor funeral with seating, six feet apart from one another. You will want to keep distanced from anyone who does not live with you in your household. Make sure to wash your hands often as well. It is an unfortunate and difficult fact of these sensitive circumstances to not be able to show affection as support for your family members and friends, but it’s best for now. You can hug and kiss those in your household who are accompanying you to the service, but otherwise your presence will serve as the best demonstration of love and support you can give.
Are you a funeral director trying to reach people in your community about your services? We hope then that you’ve considered how to enhance your marketing efforts in order to hit your target audience. Below, we’re going to give you 5 ways to improve your funeral home marketing.
Maybe we’re biased, but we truly believe in online marketing. The most powerful tool people have nowadays is a search engine. On there, one can find an answer to almost every question they may have. For most people, all the details that come with how to plan a funeral is something they are going to have to search for at some point. That’s whether it’s for family members or even for themselves. There are many ways that you can utilize digital marketing. This includes a social media strategy, an email marketing campaign, and having your name rank highest on the SERPs (or Search Engine Results Page). In order to have your business on the top of the list, your marketing strategy should include something called SEO, or Search Engine Optimization. This is how search engines read your website and find out who you are. It lives in the backend of your site. What’s an amazing benefit if you decided to list your company on FuneralHomes.com as part of your marketing strategy is that we actually can handle this part for you to some degree. We have our own SEO experts working on our website, so that your business page comes up first because we come up first, as the #1 funeral home directory in the country.
Plus, did we mention that online marketing is eco friendly?
Family members of a certain age may be wondering about how and when to buy a cemetery plot for themselves or their loved ones. Is it a task done prior to one’s passing or afterward? We’re here to tell you why it’s a good idea to purchase a cemetery plot in advance, as opposed to waiting.
When you buy cemetery plots, interestingly enough you’re really purchasing real estate. You are purchasing the right to be buried on that piece of land, which is also called “Interment Rights.”
As with real estate, you will want to shop around and find a good deal, which means you and your family members will need the time to do so. Leaving your family without a preplanned funeral can pile stress onto an already difficult situation. One way to help them, and save money, is to buy a gravesite in advance.