We understand funeral services can be expensive, but with the right planning and preparation, they don’t have to be more than you can afford. Our staff is here to help guide you along the process to creating an experience that represents your loved one well and fits within your budget. It’s possible to create a service that is simple, beautiful, and pays a wonderful tribute to the one you love. Depending upon the type of funeral, burial service, and details you’d like, costs can be kept to a minimum and still accommodate the plans you have in mind.
Type of Burial Service
When it comes to traditional burials, the smart choice is to shop around. Costs can add up quickly, however, some funeral homes will work with you to create a lasting memory of your loved one while helping you remain budget-friendly. At Sytsema, our staff is more than willing to help you plan a service that you feel comfortable with financially. One way to cut costs when it comes to burial is to consider the different available options. Direct burial, cremation, green burial, veterans burial, and body donation are all inexpensive options to keep in mind when the time arises.
Plan a Small, Intimate Celebration
When planning a funeral service, keep in mind that it doesn’t have to be so structured. Whether your loved one decides on burial or cremation, you can still create a small service that allows family and friends to gather together and celebrate special moments. Oftentimes, intimate services turn out to be the most memorable. Don’t feel like you need to come up with a fancy and extravagant service to please family, friends, or guests. The simplicity of joining together and sharing precious memories can create a beautiful service that honors your loved one.
Share Photos, Videos, and Personalized Objects
A few inexpensive ways to personalize a funeral is to create photo collages, video clips, or bring out items that your loved one often used or cherished. This gives the service a personal feel and helps to best represent them in a way everyone can enjoy and reflect upon. Sharing these photos, videos, and other memorabilia also allows family and friends to once again connect with their loved one and take a moment to use that time as part of their own healing journey.
Cook Your Own Food
Come together with family members and cook your loved one’s favorite dish or recipe. Don’t worry about finding someone to cater or deliver the food. Spend that quality time together reminiscing and sharing memories of your loved one by bringing that special dish to the service for everyone to enjoy. This route helps you to save on costs and allows multiple people to chip in if necessary.
Share Memories in a Special Location
Oftentimes, a funeral service doesn’t have to be directly at the funeral home. Take your guests, family, and friends to your loved one’s favorite spot and spend time reflecting and sharing all the fun and precious memories you created. Another option would be to celebrate a service at your own or a family member’s home. It costs little, but the memories shared are priceless.
Honoring and remembering your loved one doesn’t have to cost thousands. Take time to meet with family and a funeral director to plan out simple, special, and cost effective options to celebrate your loved one’s legacy. If you are ready to discuss the plans you have in mind or need help getting started, contact us at Sytsema Funeral & Cremation Services today by calling 231-726-5210 or 616-842-6100.