There are lots of decisions to make for a loved one who has passed away. You are going to first want to choose a funeral home. They will then ask you if you want to do a funeral for your loved one, or a cremation service in Middleton, WI. There are plenty of options to consider with both and both are completely honorable and respectful. If you go with cremation, you have more choices as to where you can have a final service. Families are often having them in their own homes, for example. If you want to do that for a loved one to make it more intimate and comfortable for your family, here are some things to prepare as you work out the details.
Sometimes you use quite a bit of the house, but not every room for the memorial. You might use most of the downstairs, but leave the upstairs closed off. Clean the rooms you are going to use. The living room will be an important space, as is the bathroom and the kitchen. You may plan to use a certain bedroom to stash coats, purses, and other such things. Make sure all of those spaces are in good condition and are well organized.
Most in-home memorials include food and you are going to want to have enough space for it. Whether your family is bringing items to share or you are having the event catered, you will want as much of your kitchen countertop cleared as possible to accommodate the food, the plates and silverware you need to have out, drinks, and other such things.
Most people have limited seating in their home and it is often directed around the TV. You will want to arrange your seating in a way that will work well with the services at hand. If you are having a speaker and will be doing readings and singing songs, you might want chairs in a row. If you are having people eat, put up some extra tables. If the event is casual, you can set chairs more in a circle. You may need extra chairs, which you can rent or gather from family members.
You will likely be gathering quite a bit of flowers from people who send arrangements as time goes by. You might want to display some of those things at home as part of the service. Make room in your home for those arrangements. You might want to place some on a coffee table in the entry way and others in the room where the event will be held. There are lots of places that flowers can go if you accommodate them and save some space.
You will want the bathroom to be clean and fully stocked with toilet paper, extra tissues, clean hand towels, soap, hand sanitizer, and anything else you feel the guests might need. Perhaps appoint someone to check in on the bathroom during the cremation services in Middleton, WI to keep an eye on things.