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4 Tips for Planning an Out-of-State Funeral

Published: December 5, 2022
by John L. Ziegenhein and Sons Funeral Home

Funeral homes in Affton, MO

The search for a different path and greener pasture has communalized remote funeral arrangements from distant family members. Funeral homes in Affton, MO, are well-trained to handle these requests. But to get the most out of them, consider the following tips.

To Begin, Know Where the Funeral will Take Place

Every good plan has a specific goal. When planning an out-of-state funeral, the most critical question you answer first is the location of the funeral because it informs every other part of the arrangement.

There are different ways an out-of-state funeral could play out. You could ship the body to your location without any ceremony or transport the body after a funeral in the deceased person’s location. Cremation can also be arranged before or after a funeral at a distant place.

For instance, if you wish to transport the body to your location, you must work with two funeral homes. The local shipping funeral home transports the body, and the receiving funeral home at the destination coordinates the flights and ensures its arrival.

Each arrangement comes with specific needs, so knowing what you want and finding a funeral home that can comfortably execute it is essential.

Invest in Finding the Right Funeral Director

An important tip when planning an out-of-state funeral is to find a funeral director capable of delivering on your objectives. Unlike an in-person funeral, where you’re actively involved in the process, the director takes care of most decision-making.

That’s why it’s necessary to take your time to find the right funeral director. Don’t make a decision solely on costs or offered packages. Instead, determine whether the director has a history of handling your specific requests and has social proof from others.

You can confirm the latter by checking Google reviews and the local Better Business Bureau for useful insights.

Make Timely Announcements for Out-of-State Guests

An obituary is a standard part of the funeral process used to announce the passing of a loved one. You can place one in the local newspaper or online memorial hosting services.

For out-of-state funerals, it’s important to make this announcement as quickly as possible. It gives everyone, especially out-of-state guests time to make travel arrangements for the service.

Since many who wish to say goodbye may also be far away from the deceased, it’s fair to accommodate their needs. A classic way of doing this is to hold the funeral on the weekend – Saturday afternoons or early Sunday.

Guests can travel in, pay their respects, and return home. The same principle applies if you’re cremating the body and want guests to travel down to you for the memorial service or celebration of life.

Preplan, If You Can

Funeral homes in Affton, MO

It’s hard enough planning an in-person funeral, much less an out-of-state one. Combining the stress of out-of-state arrangements with the pain from the loss can be excruciatingly difficult.

But if you’ve got time, you can ease the stress by pre-planning the funeral. That means working with a local funeral home to carry out specific instructions when the passing occurs. Doing so frees you from the stress of funeral planning while grieving.

Contact us if you wish to pre-plan your loved one’s funeral with a funeral home in Affton, MO. We offer affordable services and will handle their body with the utmost respect. Call us now to speak with our experts about your options.

John L. Ziegenhein and Sons Funeral Homes South County Chapel
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| Saint Louis, MO 63116
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