What is the Process and Timeline of Planning a Funeral Service?


Welcome to Claire Brothers Funeral Home, your compassionate partner in honoring and celebrating the lives of your loved ones. Based in Houston, Texas, we understand the importance of saying goodbye in a manner that respects the wishes of the departed and provides solace to the bereaved. In this guide, we will walk you through the process and timeline of planning a funeral service, ensuring clarity and ease during this challenging time.

Understanding the Funeral Planning Process

Initial Consultation: The journey begins with an initial consultation, which typically occurs within 24 hours after a loved one has passed away. During this meeting, our experienced staff at Claire Brothers Funeral Home will discuss your wishes and preferences, offering guidance on the various service options available.

Choosing the Service Type: Deciding between a traditional funeral, a memorial service, or a direct cremation is a deeply personal choice that depends on the family’s and the deceased’s preferences. We offer a range of services to suit every need and honor every life in a meaningful way.

Timeline for Planning a Funeral Service

Immediate Actions (Within 24 Hours):

  • Notification: Inform Claire Brothers Funeral Home of the passing.
  • Initial Consultation: Discuss service options and begin planning.

Short-term Actions (2-5 Days):

  • Finalizing Service Details: Choose the service type, date, and time.
  • Obituary Submission: Prepare and submit an obituary to local newspapers and online platforms.
  • Logistical Arrangements: Decide on burial or cremation, select a casket or urn, and arrange transportation.

Leading Up to the Service:

  • Personal Touches: Select flowers, music, readings, and photographs for the service.
  • Communication: Ensure all family members and friends are informed of the service details.

Day of the Service:

  • Ceremony: Conduct the funeral service, offering a space for loved ones to gather, remember, and celebrate the life of the deceased.
  • Reception: Many families choose to hold a reception after the service, providing an opportunity for attendees to offer condolences and share memories.

After the Service

Following the funeral service, our support at Claire Brothers Funeral Home continues. We assist with thank-you notes, grief support resources, and any additional arrangements to honor the memory of your loved one.

Final Thoughts

Planning a funeral service during a time of loss can seem overwhelming, but you are not alone. Claire Brothers Funeral Home is here to guide you through every step of the process, ensuring that your loved one is honored in a respectful and meaningful way. For more information about our services or to begin the planning process, please visit our home page.