It’s one of the topics people really steer clear of: their own death, and what they really want to happen after they die to their remains. It may be an awkward conversation, but it is truly worthwhile.
We hear occasionally about the individual who decides to make all of the arrangements for their own funeral without even talking to their adult children about it. They chose the funeral home, select a casket, and sometimes even write their own memorial service. It makes a difficult time a little more bearable for the surviving family members, although it’s not always easy to do.
Hometown Life’s recent article, “Perhaps awkward, preplanning funeral makes sense,” says that no matter how much we ignore it, we’re all going to die. Considering funeral arrangements can only make things easier for those we leave behind. That’s when a family is usually in shock, emotional, depressed, stressed or otherwise not at their best.
Unfortunately, if you do not make your own funeral arrangements, then your loved ones will need to make them. That is probably the absolute worst time to arrange a funeral. It can be hard to think clearly after the death of a loved one, and people absent-mindedly overspend for funeral arrangements. As a result, the costs add up. A big advantage of funeral pre-planning is that you can make decisions with a clear head and focus more on the expenses. When considering pre-planning your funeral, think about these issues:
- Do you want to be cremated or buried?
- Do you have a specific funeral home you want to use?
- What type of casket do you want?
- What type of service would you like to have?
If you settle these questions and pre-plan your funeral, then you remove the burden from your family, and you’re more likely to have your wishes followed and control the costs.
Pre-planning your own funeral may seem morbid, but it falls in the same category as estate planning. Preparing for your eventual demise is a kindness to your loved ones.
Reference: Hometown Life (July 26, 2017) “Perhaps awkward, preplanning funeral makes sense”