Help for Your Time of Need: How to Avoid the Five Biggest Funeral Planning Mistakes

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The funeral planning process requires numerous decisions and it can seem complicated. It is also unfamiliar to many people, so it’s important to choose a reputable funeral provider that offers the services and pricing that are appropriate for your family’s needs.

To help you through this process at a challenging time, we have prepared the following list of common funeral planning mistakes and some smart advice to help you avoid them.


Overlooking the importance of pre-planning

Many people choose not to make their funeral arrangements in advance. They may feel it’s too morbid to consider, that it’s “bad luck” to talk about death, or that they’re too young to think about their passing. Despite these common concerns, pre-planning your funeral offers many advantages. It provides an opportunity to outline every detail of the arrangements and it eliminates nagging questions about what you would have wanted. But perhaps the biggest benefit is that it prevents placing an added burden on bereaved family members at a time that’s already filled with great stress and sorrow. In essence, pre-planning affords the ultimate peace of mind.


Neglecting to consider surviving loved ones in planning remembrance events

Funerals, memorial services, celebrations of life, and other rites of passage play important roles in comforting the living. They also represent an essential part of the grief journey. They provide opportunities for those left behind to gather, pay their respects, find closure, and move on. It’s important to retain this perspective when planning the funeral because it can be a difficult, time-consuming process. As you go about your orchestration, keep in mind those friends and family members who stand to gain so much comfort from your efforts.


Rushing through the process

The grief that comes with a loss can feel crushing. It can cloud awareness and judgment, and it may prevent the bereaved from asking the right questions and fully exploring all of the options. Whether you're planning a funeral in advance or after the loss of a loved one, it is vitally important to ask questions about the service and disposition prior to signing any documents. Quality funeral providers will be happy to answer all of your questions and will never hurry you along as you make arrangements. They will take the time to learn about the type of service you desire and suggest appropriate options to help you arrange a meaningful, personalized ceremony that suits your needs and budget. 


Assuming the grief period ends with the funeral

Although the grieving process is different for everyone, it isn’t easy and it won’t abruptly end with interment because love lives on. The pain associated with the loss of a loved one never goes away completely, but in time it becomes less severe. The compassionate professionals at Evan W. Smith Funeral Services help many grieving families access quality aftercare resources, including bereavement counseling, support groups, and therapy options.


Our caring staff is here to help you make the most informed choices and assist you with every aspect of your funeral planning needs. Please reach out to us anytime with your questions or if you would like additional information.


About Evan W. Smith Funeral Services: Since 2009, residents of Wilmington, Dover, and the surrounding Delaware community have relied on the caring staff at Evan W. Smith Funeral Services to help them through their darkest hours. Family-owned and operated, the company offers an array of elite funeral care services, including traditional funerals, cremations, memorials, pre-planning, and more. With decades of experience in caring for families from all cultural backgrounds and diverse walks of life, Evan W. Smith Funeral Services is committed to creating memorable, uplifting experiences that always exceed expectations. For more information, please visit

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