How to Have a Service Out of Town

Posted on April 26, 2021 by Bennie Smith Funeral Home under Funeral Education
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If you want to offer your loved one a service somewhere other than where they passed away, there are some considerations to take. Here are tips to help you with out-of-town services.

Making the funerary arrangements for a loved one is something that can offer comfort and even closure. If can also be complex, however, and it can require you to take the time to consider all of the options. If your loved one wanted to have a service somewhere other than where they died, you will need to plan an out-of-town service, and this can complicate matters even more.

You need to work with two funeral homes to be able to make these arrangements. The receiving funeral home, the one that will receive the casket or urn, will be able to help you with the arrangements at the location of the service, while the other funeral home will make sure that you can ship the body without problems. You want them to be able to coordinate with one another so that there are no issues. If you are not sure about how to choose a funeral home that is out of town, you can ask the funeral home you know for recommendations.

You want to let people know about the service and where it is as soon as possible. People may need to travel to get there and that means they need to make arrangements. By letting them know in advance, you can make certain that everyone can make the plans they need to be able to get there.

It is important to ask about the guidelines that the airline requires. Whether you are transporting a casket or an urn, you will have to follow some guidelines to be sure that everything is in order. You want to make sure that the provider helps you with this, too, since they will have experience. A casket is usually considered cargo, so it will be shipped as such in an airline that does that. At the airport, the receiving funeral home will be there to receive the casket for the service.

Be sure to ask lots of questions from the provider in your area so that you can be sure that you know exactly what to expect. You want to be certain that you have everything in order before you start the process. By asking lots of questions, you can have an easier time with these arrangements.

Planning a service out of town can be complex, Bennie Smith Funeral Home has over 35 years of experience and we can help with all of the arrangements. Take the time to stop by one of our locations or give us a call right now to speak with one of our experts about the services you want.

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From humble beginnings on a farm in Faceville, Georgia, Bennie Smith evolved into a successful and caring businessman setting the standards for funeral homes across this country. Today, Bennie Smith Funeral Home(s) is one the largest African-American-owned Funeral Homes on the East Coast. With 13 locations up and down the Delmarva Peninsula, from Wilmington, Dover, Milford, Seaford, Millsboro, Salisbury, Easton, Princess Anne, Chestertown, the Eastern Shore of Virginia and more. For over 35 years, we've been caring for families like yours.