When someone you know is organizing final services for a loved one with funeral homes in Lakewood, WA, you might not know what you can do to help them. Grief is different for everyone so they way you might support one person could be different than what you would do for someone else. However, if you know they are having a funeral, that will generally be followed by a reception. If you really want to relieve their burdens, you might offer to arrange and host the reception for them. If someone else has already offered, you can at least help that person. If not, you can take that burden away from your friend and they will likely be very grateful.
You will want to first thing about where you will hold the reception. If they are having the funeral at a church, there might be a space available there that you can utilize. You could also have it in a community center, a family home, your home, or even a restaurant. It is nice to know about how many people you can expect so you know what type of space you will need. If they are having a small, intimate funeral for close family, that’s different than something that is open to the public.
It’s also important to have a budget in mind. If the family is going to pay for it, they should set the parameters for you and you can fit in what you can to that amount. If you are paying for it yourself, you will want to set a price that you can afford and stick to it. You don’t have to get extravagant with this event. You can keep it simple and still do something that your family will appreciate. You can get sandwich trays or even organize others to have a pot luck so you are able to spread the work around a little.
One of the big things you will do for the family in the midst of the reception planning is ensure that all they have to do is walk in and sit down. You will set everything up and clean everything up, or you will ask people to do so with you. There are likely lots of other people who want to help in some way and that is a great place for them to fit in.
When you are working on the reception for after the services at funeral homes in Lakewood, WA, talk to the family and see if they have any requests. There might be family members with dietary needs, or they might have ideas and suggestions. If their loved one had a certain preference, perhaps they want to incorporate that food into the menu. When you are working on ideas, the professionals at Weeks’ Dryer Mortuary are here to help you with suggestions. We have been through many services and receptions are a big part of that as well. We want to help you to support your friend through the services for their loved one.