Though it may seem far off, the truth is that we will all have to start thinking about the ends of our lives eventually. With funerals and other death planning, it’s usually beneficial to start planning sooner rather than later. The security and peace-of-mind that a plan can bring is palpable. Many funeral homes talk to clients from any age about planning for your funeral in a way that can make you feel much more prepared for when the time comes.
Your Final Wishes
Often times, people die without leaving any information for their family to use when moving forward. That put the deceased’s families and loved ones in a tough position, as it becomes their responsibility to make decisions for funeral plans. Leaving some kind of notice of what you would like to happen when your time comes can go a long way. Some people like to address everything they want in a full document and others verbally, but having some kind of record of your final wishes is crucial in helping your family with final arrangements.
It’s important to distinctly write out your funeral wishes separate from your final wishes, too. That way, you can include all the detail you’d like about how you’d like to be buried, what kind of memorializing you’d like (if any), whether you’d like to be cremated or buried in a more traditional sense, and all kinds of other minute details like what food to serve or what music to play at the funeral. More likely than not, your family will have already begun the process of planning all of this before they can find your Last Will and Testament, so outlining your funeral desires separately ensures that your loved ones can fulfill your wishes.
The Early Advantage
One of the biggest surprises that comes with the loss of a loved one is how expensive it can get…and quickly. As with most things, planning ahead for your death and your funeral could end up saving your family a lot of hardship down the line. Many funeral homes and cemeteries are open to discussing funeral plans at any age, and funeral homes in particular can outline the services and charges that may be required for whatever types of plans you may have. For a traditional burial, you might have to go through 4 or 5 different services from the funeral home alone, altogether costing you tens of thousands of dollars. The greatest value in pre-planning a funeral is the peace of mind and security in knowing that the decisions were made in advance, together. More often than not, they’ll also offer you these services up to half the price, so it’s worth thinking about it early.
Pre-paid funeral plans also allow you the liberty of having everything arranged just how you’d like it. When you purchase the plan, your local funeral director is appointed to take care of your requirements and ensure that your family receives personal service according to your wishes. You can be as detailed as you’d like, from cremation site to type of casket and transport. This takes most of the weight off of your family’s shoulders, and allows them the time they need to plan other things and comfort one another.
The Experts Are Here to Help
Many of the professionals that you’ll be contacting to plan ahead will be eager to help you plan properly so that you can have peace-of-mind knowing that everything is perfectly in order. They offer these services and pre-paid plans ahead of time so that you can work together to make sure all of your wishes are recorded. In most states, funeral homes are all for profit businesses with respect to cemeteries, and can operate as either for profit or not-for-profit businesses. If you’d like for your funeral to have certain stipulations separate from norm or tradition, they’re also there to make sure that all of your wishes are met.
Taking the time today to ensure that all of your wishes are recorded and your plans are in place, can save your family and loved ones countless trouble some time from now. The less time they spend stressed over details of the arrangements means more time they can spend together reminiscing and celebrating your life. It may seem early, but anytime is appropriate to start thinking ahead and planning for when your time comes.