Someday, someone is going to have to plan your funeral.
It will probably be someone you love . . . your spouse, children, or other close family member.
Or could it be a friend, attorney, or business associate.
Or it could even be you.
Pre-planning your own funeral is one of the most responsible, caring things you can do. It provides comfort and peace of mind for both you and your loved ones. It is a way to relieve your loved ones of the tremendous burden and responsibility of planning your final services at a time of loss and stress. And it is their assurance, and yours . . . that the final arrangements are exactly what you wanted. Funeral preplanning will reflect your precise desires, type of services, a casket, a vault, & Yes, you determine the cost.
How does pre-planning work?
You have two options when pre-planning:
Plan the funeral, letting the funeral director know what kind of service you wish to have, share demographic and personal info, and discuss final disposition options.
Plan the funeral, just as in “Pre-planning”, but putting money away for your final expenses, whether it be complete or partial payment.
Few people are as qualified as a licensed funeral director in assisting you with planning a funeral before the need arises. They are completely versed in such matters as:
- legal requirements
- notification of death
- assisting with funeral arrangements and explaining funeral service alternatives
- providing information about caskets and other funeral merchandise
- religious considerations
- assistance with death-related claims
- cemetery charges and restrictions
The funeral director you choose is willing to meet with you at the funeral home, in the comfort of your own home, or virtually (which is offered below) to discuss all aspects of funeral pre-planning.
You should ask yourself these three questions today:
- If death occurred tomorrow, who would make my funeral arrangements?
- If death occurred tomorrow, I would want my funeral to include….?
- If death occurred tomorrow, the money necessary to pay for funeral expenses would come from…?
“If your response to any of these questions is ‘I’m not sure’, then you may want to consider pre-planning as an option for you.”
Hopefully the issues raised in these questions have provided you with some background information on the value of funeral pre-planning. Regardless of your situation, there is a preplanning or pre-financing program to meet your needs: Feel free to discuss your concerns with your funeral director.
By sharing together these private thoughts and desires, and making decisions well in advance of need, both you and your loved ones will benefit. And, when the actual need arises, you will have the comfort of knowing that you have acted in accordance with your loved one’s wishes.