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Requesting Help With Funeral Expenses

Published: January 16, 2023
by Webb & Stephens Funeral Homes

There are two main options you can choose between when someone in your family passes on. You can have a cremation service, or you can go with traditional funeral services with funeral homes in Meridian, MS. Funeral services can be rather costly, especially in comparison to the cremation process. If you can’t cover the services, but that’s what you really want for your loved one, or what they asked to have, then there are ways you can request help with the funeral costs. Here are a few things to consider.

Place An Ask In The Obituary In Lieu Of Flowers

When you write up the obituary for your loved one, you want people to know they have passed on and also where their services are going to be held along with other things about them. One thing you can do is ask that people send memorial funds instead of flowers. People often send flowers, but if they read that you would appreciate memorial funds to help cover costs instead of arrangements, they might be more willing to go that way instead. People genuinely want to help and if you need the funds and ask for them, they will often follow through.

Put A Line In The Program

As the funeral comes together, you might want to put together a program to showcase the order of events. You can also put in a bio about your loved one, list the people who helped with the service, and anything else you want. It might be a good idea to place a line in the program letting people know you are accepting donations to cover the costs. You could say something like, “the family appreciates your donations towards their loved one’s services” or something of that nature.

Use Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is one of the most popular ways to raise money today and it can work well, and quickly. You or someone in your family can set up a donation page on a crowdfunding account and then the entire family, as well as friends, can share that link with others. The news will spread far and wide faster than you could hope to spread things otherwise. You might gather funds rather quickly and even go above what you actually need. If you have more than you need, you can make a charitable donation to a non-profit your loved one appreciated. The people in your family are going to have to find a way to cope with the death among you.

Put Together A Fundraiser

You could also put together a fundraiser to gather the money you need for the final services. You might host a spaghetti dinner, for example, a pancake feed, an auction, a car wash, or something else of the sort. Make it clear what the fundraiser is for and people will probably donate more than you are charging for the services.

If you are trying to figure out how to gather the funds you need for services with funeral homes in Meridian, MS, the funeral director will help you with ideas, options, and choices. They will also help you set up a budget that sounds affordable to you.

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