The Basics of Funeral Planning

There are no words to describe the emotional turmoil a family experiences when they suffer the unexpected loss of a loved one in a case of wrongful death. While some families have prepared for the unthinkable with prepaid burial plans, others are left to bear the burden of making sudden funeral arrangements for their lost kin.

Before you make any decisions regarding your loved one’s funeral learn about your options and ensure you are not being exploited financially and that you properly honor your loved one’s wishes.

Resources for Funeral Planning

If you lost your loved one in a case of wrongful death such as a car accident caused by a drunk driver, your family may be entitled to death and funeral benefits through insurance policies or a wrongful death lawsuit.

Before you begin the actual planning, contact your insurance companies – health, auto, life – to inquire about wrongful death and burial benefits. If you are entitled to compensation this will help you budget for the next steps in planning.

You can speak with an attorney at this time to assist you in filing any legal claims that may have arisen from your loved one’s passing. If there is a wrongful death case to be brought, your attorney can take over this action on your behalf so you can focus on planning the funeral and handling family matters.

This is also a good time to investigate whether or not your loved one had a pre-paid burial arrangement or a will. Their last wishes will often be detailed in these documents and will assist you in planning the events to come.

Review the Funeral Planning Checklist

Grieving families can spend thousands of dollars on funerals when they are not careful to explore their options before making a purchase decision. Caskets can range in cost from a few hundred to tens of thousands of dollars and funeral homes often try to talk families into the biggest service packages. Don’t let your emotions get the best of you when planning a funeral.

Review this checklist first to make sure you are covering all the necessary matters and you have taken time to research and review your options.

  • Have you inquired about wrongful death or burial benefits to help finance the funeral costs?
  • Have you searched for and reviewed any documents related to your loved one’s last wishes?
  • Did you look for any pre-paid burial plans and have you contacted the appropriate service?
  • Do you have a budget set for the services and burial?
  • Have you determined a venue for the funeral services if you did not already have a funeral home picked out?
  • Have you shopped around for multiple funeral homes to see which one offers the best prices and has comfortable settings to accommodate your needs?
  • Have you accounted for the location of funeral attendees in relation to the location of the funeral services?


Remember that you are not alone in planning the funeral of your loved one. You may include your immediate family in the planning process and also seek the advice of the funeral director or religious leaders at your place of worship.

Helping Ease the Pain of Facing the Wrongful Death of a Loved One

The loss of a loved one does not have to become more emotionally draining because you are dealing with a wrongful death lawsuit. At Cordisco & Saile, we make sure your family is able to focus on recovering from your loss. Leave the legal matters to us while you work on the emotional wellbeing of your family. Call 215-642-2335 or visit us online to set up a consultation with an attorney and learn about your options for wrongful death and funeral benefits.