Houston Jewish headstone at cemetery after funeral

Jewish Funeral Planning Checklist

Planning a funeral can be a difficult process. You’re grieving and likely have many questions. For instance, who do you need to contact, when do you start designing the Houston Jewish headstone? There are many things that need to happen after a loved one passes. In this article, we’ll go over a basic checklist to help you with funeral planning.

How to Plan a Jewish Funeral

Houston Jewish headstone at cemetery after funeral
Planning the funeral and Houston Jewish headstone for your loved one helps memorialize and honor them.

Planning a Jewish funeral involves many key decisions and steps. Here is a basic checklist of things to do:

  • Contact the funeral home. They will guide you through the decisions you need to make such as the casket selection, time, date, and other important details. 
  • Choose the funeral location. This can be at the graveside, in a synagogue, or in the funeral home itself. 
  • If needed, find and purchase a burial plot in the cemetery you wish. 
  • Write the obituary and decide where to publish it. 
  • Choose the officiant (usually a rabbi) as well as anyone who will give eulogies. 
  • Choose the pallbearers.
  • If you plan to sit Shiva, make arrangements like taking time off work and creating a shiva handout for the funeral.
  • Choose the charity that donations will go to.
  • Send invites to the funeral.
  • Contact Gaitz Memorials for the Houston Jewish headstone. 

In some cases, your loved one has already made many of these arrangements already by pre-planning their funeral. If this is the case, then you will need to find the information they have put together and fill in any gaps in the plans they made. 

When to Order the Houston Jewish Headstone?

It’s important to keep in mind that you may need to start designing the Houston Jewish headstone for your loved one sooner than you think. Traditionally, headstones are placed and unveiled pretty quickly after the funeral. Usually, unveiling ceremonies happen after the mourning period (30 days for close relatives and 11 months for parents). In general, unveiling ceremonies happen before the one year anniversary of the person’s death. 

Therefore, you may need to start planning the Houston Jewish monument for your loved one pretty quickly after they pass. Headstones take time to design, manufacture, and install, so choose a date for the unveiling and call our team as soon as you can to get the process started. 

Our compassionate team is here to help you with everything you need for Houston Jewish headstones. We assist with design, Hebrew translations, getting rabbi approval, and creating beautiful headstones with our fine craftsmanship. We can walk you through each step and offer a helping hand as you make these important decisions.

Beautiful, Lasting Headstones & Memorials from Gaitz Memorials

Our team at Gaitz Memorials is proud to provide the Houston Jewish community with gorgeous headstones and monuments. We use top quality granite and experienced, skilled professionals to help honor your loved one. Our experts assist with everything from design to the final touches of the headstone. We are always available to answer your questions, whether you want to know more about Houston headstone costs or want to know what colors of granite we offer. Call us now at (281) 888-5522 for assistance.