In a past post, we discussed some of the more common funeral myths. We wanted to discuss these myths because we here at Callaghan Mortuary & Livermore Crematory want to make sure you have the facts when it comes to planning for a funeral. We know there is a lot of misinformation out there and we want to help clear up some of the most common misunderstandings, myths and fallacies. Here are a few more funeral myths we’ve encountered that could make planning a funeral even more difficult!

Five New Funeral Myths You Need to Know About

  1. Funerals are very expensive – this is a common misconception. However, a funeral is much like a wedding. It can be as expensive or as simple as you prefer. Funeral homes, like ours, will have price lists for families to choose from. This list includes a’ la cart items, as well as packages to choose from. There is a funeral to fit virtually every budget and we can help you find one that is best for your needs and situation.
  2. Funerals are depressing. Losing a loved one is a sad event, no matter the circumstances. However, a funeral does not have to be depressing. On the contrary, many of our clients choose funerals that are a celebration of life. With pictures, videos, and personal touches, these celebrations can be an important means of closure for families. Remembering your loved one is a personal experience and we can help you create an event that feels good to you and your family.
  3. You have to have a coffin. You don’t have to have a coffin if you do not prefer. Some families choose to have an urn or even just a picture of their loved one at the funeral. If you do choose a coffin, you can choose an elaborate one, or a simple wooden one, or a shroud. The choices are endless.
  4. Having a funeral director is pointless. There is no legal obligation to have a funeral director. However, their services are invaluable. After the death of a loved one, families are often overwhelmed with decisions, and making arrangements can be burdensome. A funeral director can help you through this time and take charge of some or all of the decisions to better help you and your family.
  5. Funerals are only for religious people. A funeral can be a religious experience and a place for families to come together and celebrate their loved one’s life within their religious beliefs. However, a funeral does not have to be religious. In fact, funerals are one of Man’s oldest rituals and predate any organized religion. Marking a loved one’s life and remembering them in their death is something many families choose – independent of religious beliefs.

Let Us Help You With Funeral Planning

At Callaghan Mortuary & Livermore Crematory, our funeral professionals offer experienced and compassionate guidance after the loss of a loved one. From planning for your own funeral to making arrangements for a loved one, we strive to ease some of the burdens. To learn more about our services call us at (925) 660-7098 or fill out our confidential contact form. We are here to help you through this difficult time.