Funeral Quest Afrique (FQA) Funeral GuideBook

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Funeral Quest Afrique is all about creating beautiful sunsets for loved ones who have started another chapter in the afterlife. We conceive, design and create personalized funeral programs for our clients. We partner with our clients to provide an affordable yet meaningful sendoff package for their loved one. Funerals make connections as well as making a separation. They bring families and friends together, they link the living to the departed. The ceremony is crucial to the process of joining memories and celebrating life. In all it is a greeting as well as a farewell. For more check out: https://funeralquestafrique.co.ke/


Our Story

Funerals make connections as well as

making a separation. They bring

families and friends together, they link

the living to the departed. The

ceremony is crucial to the process of

joining memories and celebrating life.

In all it is a greeting as well as a

farewell

Funeral Quest Afrique is all about creating beautiful

sunsets for loved ones who have started another chapter in

the afterlife. We conceive, design and create personalized

funeral programs for our clients. We partner with our

clients to provide an affordable yet meaningful sendoff

package for their loved one.

We offer a number of diverse services under one roof so that you may

have peace of mind. We also offer complementary services to make the

process of putting together a

meaningful funeral simple.

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F U N E R A L

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What we believe:

creating beautiful sunsets

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We have an well experienced and

passionate team that helps our beloved

clients in designing a memorable

funeral ceremony that respects the

deceased's wishes which can be stressful,

particularly when grieving. We as Funeral

Quest Afrique have the life experience and

training to ensure that your family

traditions and rituals are adhered to.

Let us be your pillar of comfort.


How We Work

Reach out to us via phone or email

Consult on the kind of funeral

solutions you want

Put together the details that are

required as per the funeral solutions

requested and send them via email

to: hello@funeralquestafrique.co.ke

We design and send to you within

24 hours

Approved, we proceed to printing.

This Takes 48 Hours

Have your specific funeral solution

product shipped to you or you pick

them up at our office

For specific funeral solution

services we offer them on an order

basis as per discussions with Funeral

Quest Afrique as the service provider

and the client.

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KENYA FUNERAL

GUIDE

The Kenyan Funeral Perspective

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Steps in Planning a Kenyan Funeral

Introduction: Death has occurred and you have a few days to

plan a funeral where do you start?

Step One:

Make an announcement through:

a) Social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp,

Telegram etc.

b) Traditional Media channels: Newspaper, Radio,

Television, Outdoor billboards and signage etc.

c) Online funeral websites e.g. funeralquestafrique.co.ke

Step Two:

Convene a meeting to plan for the funeral and some of the

most important questions to ask include:

Whether to have a private or open funeral

Whether to cremate or bury

Whether to bury in upcountry ancestral home or in

a cemetery in town locality

Whether to use a funeral committee or a funeral

planner like (funeralquestafrique.co.ke)

How to plan for a meaningful memorial service

How to set important dates for the funeral event

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Step Three:

Cost breakdown that is directly related to the deceased such

as:

Morgue cost: Charged per day for admission, embalming,

beautification, post mortem and other inclusive services

as per family requests. Charges range from (Ksh 1,000 to

Ksh 15,000 per day).

Hearse Cost: Overnight stay is more expensive as well as

the distance of travel. Cost matters with regards to type

of vehicle (7-Seater van, buses, and luxurious hearses

such as Mercedes).

Coffin: Consider the personality and tastes of your lost

loved one. Perhaps he was the sturdy and strong type or

their favorite color. Coffins are available these days to

reflect any imaginable personal preference. Evaluate

your budget as much as you want to honor your loved one

at the same time don’t go into debt for paying for a

coffin. Plan and effectively budget for a coffin that is

within your financial capability.

Step Four:

Burial garments symbolize a meaningful and elegant send

off. Choose the best burial garments that depicted the

fashion style of your loved one. For more tips Check out:

funeralquestafrique.co.ke

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Step Five:

Burial Stationary and accessories to consider:

Funeral programs

Condolence books: get customized options

Deceased portrait

E-cards

Thank you cards

Bookmarks with deceased favorite quote sayings, life

philosophy and photos

Memorabilia such as branded T-shirts, caps, mugs, peace

pillows.

Check out for more at: funeralquestafrique.co.ke

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Key Essentials For Funeral

1. Coffin/Casket of Choice

2. Morgue Costs

3. Hearse

4. Burial Venue

5.Flowers

6. Burial Garments

7. Mass Media Obituary

8. Funeral Program and Eulogy

9. Funeral Master of Ceremony

10. Deceased Burial Garments and Family Attire

11. Funeral Décor

12. Catering

13. Photo Display

14. Funeral Stationary and Accessories

15. Song List

16. Grave Beautification e.g.: live roses, grave stones

17. Photography and Videography

18. Transportation of people to venue

19. Death Certificate and Burial Permit


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How to Save Costs

1. Budget first instead of just purchasing things randomly

2. Compare costs online

3. Use a funeral planner and insist for price comparisons

instead of just accepting costs as is. Don’t be afraid of asking

direct questions such as: (Can I see a cheaper casket? Can I

get a discount?).

4. Go for a meaningful sendoff that depicts the deceased

lifestyle. Choose a coffin or casket that suits their

personality.

5. Ask for a package: Most funeral service providers will offer

discounted packages.

6. Salient costs that inflate a funeral include: catering, décor,

transportation and sound. Ensure that you list your most

important and urgent costs before you can comfortably

afford to spend on the non-essential items.


How to Fundraise For a Funeral

Sometimes when financial resources are tight some of the

ways for one to finance a funeral include:

1. M-changa: With people exchanging millions of shillings

every day through mobile money platforms such as Mpesa,

M-Changa provides a transparent platform for people in dire

need of money to start online fundraising. Through the

fundraising platform, contributors can donate cash to

specific causes that appeal to them

(https://www.changa.co.ke/)

2. Sell small gift items: such as flowers and bookmarks as it

is easier you collect small amounts of cash from many

people. You can personalize small gifts that have a message

and the money you get can be channeled for the funeral

expenses

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3. Funeral Committee: Come up with a budget for example

Ksh 400, 000 so as a family contribute and let the balance be

raised by the committee. The money should then be

apportioned based on

priorities.

4. Loan: Last option is to take a loan from legitimate

financial institutions.

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FUNERAL

PROGRAMS

Our Funeral Programs Tell A Story

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OUR FUNERAL PROGRAM

Our funeral program is a small brochure, usually in

which the departed person is paid homage and details

of the funeral or memorial services take place. You may

also hear it being referred to as a “Service Order” or a

Memorial Folder. Our funeral program provides

something for family and friends to bring with them as

a memento when paying their last respects.

The content of your funeral program will depend on

your personal preference and the type of service you

are having. It can be as simple or as complex as you

like.

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THE STRUCTURE

Think of the program as two separate parts: the cover

and the contents. The cover usually includes:

A photo of the deceased

The name of the deceased

The deceased’s date of birth and death

A quotation or inspirational saying

A funeral program title (A short phrase or caption

that sets the tone for the service. Examples are “A

Homecoming Celebration,” “A Celebration of Life,”

“A Loving Farewell.”

If you are having a religious service, you may want to

include a relevant scripture passage. For a secular

service, a poem or favorite reading may be appropriate.


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You may also want to include a quote that the deceased

found meaningful. Instead of inside the program, some

designers will place the quotation on the cover. You have a

great deal of flexibility in how you place your information

since there are no hard and fast rules.

Among the items that are commonly included in the inside

of the in the funeral program are:

Service Information (Date, Time, Location,

Person Officiating)

Funeral Outline (Order of Service): The events that will

take place during the service.

People participating in the service: (Officiant, Persons

giving Eulogy and readings, soloists, musicians,Others)

Music Selections (Lyrics if appropriate)

Poems, Readings, or Scriptures

Funeral Prayers

Obituary or Biography of the Deceased

Interment details

Funeral Reception Information; Time and Place


POINT TO PONDER

You are not limited to the information shown in the list

above. Nor are you required to have all of these items.

The list is provided so that you will have an idea of the

type of information many people like to include. If you

want to do something different—go for it! The real

point in having a Funeral Program at all is to honor a

loved one and help those who are grieving for them

remember them. Exactly how you do that will depend

on your culture, traditions, and personal preferences.

NOTE: Send an email about the funeral program details

to: hello@funeralquestafrique.co.ke

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EULOGY

WRITING

Say Farewell in a Memorable Way

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OUR EULOGY WRITING

Writing and giving a eulogy is a way to say goodbye to

someone who has died and help the audience bring the

person to life. For most of us writing and giving a eulogy

is something we have no knowledge with, so it's hard to

know where to start. To access our Eulogy services:

Step One: Contact Us with some initial information and

when you need the eulogy delivered.

Step Two: We conduct a consultation with you over the

phone, email or whatsapp to get all the best anecdotes

and information we need to write the perfect funeral

speech.

Step Three: We will email you a draft eulogy for your

feedback. Any amendments will be made in plenty of

time for you to practice its delivery and honor your

loved one in style.

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It takes a lot of effort, both emotionally and intellectually, to

write an Eulogy. It’s going to be a frustrating, but also

incredibly rewarding experience. The best way to honor your

deceased loved one will be to compose the message at a

funeral or memorial service.

As to how to compose an Eulogy, there are no hard and fast

rules. These are incredibly personal by their nature and

should be tailored for the audience these are presented to

and representative of the person they are about. Some are

full of humor, some are full of spirituality, some focus on

one topic, some comment on a wide range of subjects.

But if you scratch your head and ask how to write an eulogy,

from our years of experience of writing speeches, including

many eulogies we are here to help.If you would like some

professional help with writing a eulogy or funeral

speech, don’t hesitate to contact us at:

hello@funeralquestafrique.co.ke

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FREE

OBITUARIES

Your Comfort at the Right Time

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OUR OBITUARY

An obituary is a published notice of a person's death. It is

common for family members or the funeral home to place

an obituary in the local newspaper in order to announce a

death. If you want to find an old obituary but don't want

to pay a fee, there are ways to locate old ones, from recent

deaths to those that occurred centuries ago. However, it

will take some work as free obituary archives are not as

easily found.

Funeral Quest Afrique Provides free obituaries as a way of

comforting you during your most trying moment. Send us

the details of your obituary to:

hello@funeralquestafrique.co.ke

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FUNERAL FLOWERS

GUIDE

Show your hope and sympathy

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Choosing and Sending Flowers

Sending flowers to show one's sorrow is a long traditiondating

back to the origins of man. During sad times,

flowers bring hope and mean sympathy, caring and

comfort. Flowers serve a dual purpose in modern times,

namely celebrating the life of the deceased and giving

comfort to the grieving family.

Selecting the type of funeral flower arrangement that

reflects your true feelings, you have several options:

Floral Baskets: Funeral baskets make a lovely

presentation and come in several sizes. They can be

delivered to a funeral home for a wake viewing, to a

church for a religious service or to the family's home

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Standing Sprays: Standing sprays are displayed on an

easel and are typically displayed near the casket. They

allow viewing from one side only. Funeral sprays are

characteristically sent to a funeral home, but can also be

delivered to a church for a service or to a graveside burial

ceremony.

Wreaths,Crosses and Hearts: These larger, prominent

floral arrangements are displayed near the casket on an

easel and are appropriate for family and close friends.

The circular shape of a funeral wreath is a poignant way

to represent eternal life, while funeral crosses represent

faith and the heart stands for love. They are often

delivered to a funeral home and may be taken to a

gravesite.

Dish Gardens or Plants: Dish gardens are comprised of an

assortment of lush green plants and/or flowering colorful

plants and are typically arranged in a basket or decorative

container. Both dish gardens and plants are suitable to be

sent directly to a wake or to the family's home.

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Flower type and meaning

Lilies: As one of the most popular floral choices for

funerals, lilies represent the restored innocence of the

soul of the departed.

Gladioli: Tall and majestic, gladioli convey strength of

character, moral integrity and sincerity

Carnations: White carnations convey pure love and

innocence; red carnations represent admiration; and

pink carnations stand for remembrance.

Chrysanthemums:In many European Cultures,

chrysanthemums are only used as funeral flowers as

they are symbolic of death. In the US, chrysanthemums

represent truth and are typically regarded as a cheerful

way to honor someone who lived a full life.

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Roses:This highly popular flower carries different

meanings depending on the color; White roses express

reverence, innocence and youthfulness; Red roses

convey respect, love and courage; Pink roses signify

love, grace and gentility; Crimson roses denote grief

and sorrow; and yellow represents friendship.

Orchids:Pink and white are traditional orchid colors

used to express one's sympathy and typically represent

eternal love. Phalaenopsis and dendrobium orchids are

generally the most appropriate types of orchids used as

sympathy flowers.

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FUNERAL CLOTHING

GUIDE

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What To Wear

Wearing proper attire will show respect for the deceased,

his relatives, and others. Generally, a funeral outfit

should be more on the conservative side, something you

might wear to a business meeting, job interview, or

church or synagogue. Black or dark colors remain the best

choice for the deceased's immediate family. Anyone

attending the service have more choices, particularly

visitors, but the guidelines still require mostly relaxed,

conservative clothing that respects the event. Clean, neat

and well-pressed clothes are a must.

For Men: Most common funeral etiquette practices for

men to wear include a dark suit with a white or plain

solid colored shirt, and a subdued tie; a dark jacket with

dark pants, and a collared, shirt with a tie and a belt;

and dark dress shoes. Younger men should, at

minimum, wear a well-pressed solid-colored shirt,

slacks, and dress shoes if possible.

For Women: Most common funeral etiquette practices

for women to wear include a dark or black skirt suit or

pantsuit; a skirt of appropriate length or pants and a

top with sleeves, a blouse, or a sweater; flats or pumps.

In some cultures, and religions women wear hats to

funerals.

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What Not To Wear

According to the International Business Protocol and

Social Etiquette, colors to avoid include red, orange, and

yellow, bright hues and flowers and other bold and loud

patterns. Interestingly, there are religions and cultures

where black clothing would be inappropriate, such as at a

Quaker funeral, at which guests should wear white.

For Men: As far as the style, men should avoid

wearing jeans, short-sleeved shirts, athletic shoes,

and baseball caps.

For Women: Women should avoid wearing very casual,

festive, or revealing clothing, flip-flops, sandals, or

sneakers. Also, parents should be mindful of what

their children should wear, making sure it’s not messy

clothes and jeans.


GRIEF SUPPORT

GUIDE

Showing Support for the Grieving

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How to Show Support

Be Present: Showing your support does not have to involve

some huge gesture. Just being there for someone who is

grieving-listening to them, holding their hand and letting

them cry or laugh as they reminisce - is all they may need to

help them go through the grieving process.

What To Say: If you live nearby, you will likely be attending

the wake service, funeral or both. It is at these moments,

when many are left wondering what to say to those who are

grieving? You do not have to be a poet, just speak from the

heart. Still looking for suggestions? Try the following:

I am truly sorry for your loss

I am not sure what to say, but I want you to know I care

You and your loved one will be in my prayers

Tell me what I can do for you


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What Not To Say: Try as we may, sometimes we say the

wrong thing or stick our proverbial foot in our mouth. Here

are some things to avoid saying:

At least he lived a long life, many people die young

Cheer up, he wouldn't want you to be sad

He's in a better place

There's a reason for everything

I know how you feel

Be strong

Convey A Message With Flowers: In addition to your

presence and kind words, flowers are a wonderful way to

express what is in your heart. Send an arrangement to the

wake, graveside ceremony or church. Also consider sending

flowers to the home of those grieving days or a couple of

weeks after all the services have ended to let them know you

are still thinking of them.


BOUTIQUE

SOLUTIONS

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