Our first encounter with the death of a loved one leaves an impression forever. It is seldom convenient, never pleasant and usually traumatic even when expected. We may experience the entire gamut of emotions: love, anger, grief, regret, guilt, resentment, hate, even envy. It is not a good time to make decisions but sometimes they must be made, and made quickly.
We are faced with many options, some of which can be costly. You will receive information on all the options and the costs from the funeral home before you make funeral arrangements. However, during time of grief, you may not be able to absorb the information you receive and may be confused over what is “the right thing to do.”
The Michigan Funeral Directors Association has prepared this information in the hope that the trauma and pain will be diminished somewhat through knowledge.