It’s not necessarily common knowledge when to hold a funeral, especially for those who have never organized or planned a service for a loved one. Most funerals in the U.S. happen within a week of the death, but the last few years have caused more families to hold off on having a funeral in that timeframe. At Simpson Funeral and Cremation Services, we are available 24/7 to serve families in Monaca in need. Whether a loved one has died recently, or you never held a service for a friend or family member who died months or even years ago, we are here to help.


Funerals provide closure to families no matter when they hold the services. Grief does not work on a timetable, but closure will always help your journey through it.


There’s No Right Answer

There’s no right answer to the question of when to have a funeral. When families in our community meet with our planning professionals, we advise them to take the time needed to reflect on their loved one’s life and consider when might be the best time to hold a ceremony or memorial service in their honor. Our funeral experts advise families not to rush through the planning process but instead take the time to grieve their loss and allow the funeral experience to promote healing.


Reasons for Funeral Delays

In some cases, it may be necessary to postpone a funeral. When a death occurs away from home, for example, a family may decide to put off a loved one’s funeral until a later date. If friends or family members live in another state or country, a family may decide to delay a funeral service so that they can attend the event in person.


Families that Choose Cremation

When it comes to the timing of the funeral, cremation allows families considerably more flexibility; however, most cremations are performed within a month after the loved one dies. Even when you choose cremation, you can still have a visitation, funeral, and even a graveside burial.


If you’d like to find out more about the different types of funeral services we offer families in Monaca, contact our staff today. We are available 24/7 and always ready to help you start planning a service or answer any questions that you may have.