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Helping Your Parent Plan a Funeral

The loss of a loved one can be devastating, and you may find yourself confused about what to do next. That is why it is a good idea to pre-plan a funeral with your senior family member. While this may not be an easy matter to approach, you can save the both of you a lot of confusion and concern down the road. Dayton Home Care Assistance understands the process can be difficult and has provided the following information to make the process easier.

Legal Will

Putting a will or testament into place will make the division of property and assets easier for the family after your loved one passes. Be sure the executor of the will has a copy on hand or knows where to locate it when the time comes.

Type of Service

Knowing what type of service he or she wants will be a weight off your shoulders. Ask your loved one if he or she has any religious preferences or if he or she would prefer a non-traditional service. This will ensure your family member’s last wishes are carried out to his or her specifications.

Funeral Home

Ask your loved one where he or she would prefer the viewing or wake to take place before and/or during the service. You may also need to take into account the cost of the funeral home when making final arrangements.


It is important to know where he or she wants to be buried, both because of the cost and because of religious constraints. Be sure your loved one meets the criteria for the burial site and save accordingly.


Ask your senior loved one who he or she wants as pallbearers, what music should be played, and what flowers are preferred. Your family member may also have specific poems or religious readings he or she wants recited at the service.


Ask your loved one what clothing he or she would like to wear for the viewing. For female family members, remember to ask if she wants her makeup and hair styled a certain way.
An American funeral costs on average between $7,000 and $10,000, and planning ahead can save your family from undue stress when the time arrives. While making arrangements for the future, you might also consider reaching out to Home Care Assistance to learn about our part-time care in Dayton. Our compassionate caregivers offer individualized care that works around your loved one’s schedule, including cooking, housekeeping, running errands, transportation, personal care assistance, and companionship. Call us today at 937.353.7997 and request an in-home consultation.

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