Tips on How to Plan a Funeral for a Family Member Killed in an Accident Caused by Another’s Negligence
After a loved one dies in an unexpected accident caused by another party’s negligence, day-to-day life is difficult for those left behind. Pressing issues that need to be addressed, such as planning a funeral and filing a Washington wrongful death claim, can seem absolutely overwhelming. Here, we share some tips on how to plan your family member’s funeral that will hopefully help make the process a little less stressful.
Steps to Take When Arranging a Loved One’s Funeral Following a Tragic Accident
One of the first things you will need to do is to contact immediate family and notify them of your loved one’s death. They can also help you make decisions on the funeral. You want to have these conversations as soon as possible. Questions you should consider in making funeral plans include:
What type of funeral did your loved one want?
What can you afford to spend on the funeral?
What is realistic in terms of what type of funeral you want and what you can afford?
What will bring the family the most comfort?
Once you have a general idea of the type of funeral you want and can afford, you can take the practical steps of planning it. Here are some of the things that you will need to do:
Pick a funeral home. Even though you are coping with your grief, you need to call around to a few funeral homes and do some comparison shopping because prices can vary widely.
Meet with the funeral director. Once you pick a funeral home, you will need to meet with the funeral director to discuss whether you want a burial or cremation, open or closed casket, the burial site, the religious traditions to be followed in the service, and more.
Consider financial assistance. If you need assistance with the cost of the funeral, consider sources like family members, friends, a religious organization, or an Internet fundraiser to raise the funds.
Get help. Ask your family and friends for help being pallbearers, preparing food, arranging for flowers, and other tasks so that it is not so overwhelming for you.
Arrange for a headstone. If you are having your loved one buried in a cemetery, you may want to purchase a headstone from the cemetery or an outside vendor.
Notify friends and family. Once you have set the date and time for the funeral, you want to spread the word about it to family, friends, and co-workers of your loved one.
Prepare an obituary. If you want to have an obituary posted in your newspaper, you may need to contact the newspaper to arrange this or the funeral director may do this for you.
Plan a post-funeral gathering. Depending on your traditions, you may want to plan a gathering for after the funeral at someone’s home, a church, or other location.
Save your invoices. You may be entitled to compensation for your reasonable funeral and burial expenses as part of a wrongful death action against negligent parties. You should keep a record of costs so you know how much to request for this portion of your claim and can prove your damages.
After the funeral is over, it is important to take the next important step of retaining an experienced wrongful death attorney to pursue your claim for compensation against the parties that caused your loved one’s death. Our skilled and compassionate legal team is here to take over the burden of proving your case and negotiating your settlement so that you can focus on your grief and your family. Call our office today to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.