When it comes to your final arrangements, shouldn't you be the one to make the decisions?
The arrangements you make will reflect your exact wishes and desires. Maybe you have a special song that you would like played, a preference in burial or cremation, or special arrangements for your headstone.
If you die and your wishes are unknown to your family then they will be faced with difficult decisions during an already hard time for them. This can lead them to making emotional and costly decisions based on grief. When you make your wishes known and create a plan in advance, you are helping keep the peace between your loved ones.
After a loss, emotions often run high and differences in opinions can sometimes lead to fighting or arguing amongst your loved ones. When you preplan your funeral, you can help take away that stress from your family.
Pre-arranging your own service will help to ease the burden of your loved ones not only emotionally, but financially as well. You have the option of pre-paying your expenses for your funeral. Pre-paying will protect you from the rising costs of prices and will not be a financial burden on your loved ones.
Here are five reasons to consider of how funeral planning can prepare us emotionally:
1. Rising Costs
As mentioned earlier, funeral pre planning doesn’t just help your loved ones emotionally, but financially as well. Each year, funeral costs continue to rise. Planning and paying for your funeral now is a way to avoid those increasing costs.
2. The Ability to Make Your Own Decisions
Emotions are the greatest deterrent to preplanning. People often have the attitude that if they don't talk about death, it won't happen. Surely, death is a subject none of us want to confront. Talking about death causes us to face mortality and run head-on into the fact that we will not always be here. Yet death is inevitable and planning your funeral is a lot like planning for retirement. It requires honest evaluation and sometimes hard decisions, but it's something that needs to be done. If you approach funeral planning as you would a financial or business decision, you may be able to get beyond those difficult emotions.
3. To Lessen Future Family Conflict
If you've ever tried to plan a family reunion or holiday get-together, you know suggestions and opinions abound and conflict. When planning a funeral, factoring in intense emotions from grief, conflicts are bound to arise. While you can't guarantee family members will abide by your choices, preplanning documents your wishes and provides a benchmark.
4. To Reduce the Financial Burden
We all hope to leave assets for our children, yet a prolonged stay in a care facility can deplete savings. Remaining assets are often non-liquid, which doesn't help with the immediate need to pay costs associated with funerals. Prepaying for your funeral and associated costs eliminates or reduces the financial burden on those left behind.
5. Preplanning is a Gift to Loved Ones
Planning a funeral is a huge hurdle for grieving family members who may be physically and emotionally exhausted. If some planning has been done ahead, the burden of making rapid, costly decisions is eased. Sometimes planning occurs near the end of life, but any information given or selections made are gifts to those who will execute the funeral.
When preplanning your funeral, you can alleviate any questions, problems or differences, which can occur among family members. You are the one in control of your funeral plans.
To make it easy for you, we offer an online Pre-Arrangements Form, where you can make your funeral arrangements from the comfort of your own home. Be sure to remember to talk with your loved ones about your pre-planned funeral arrangements and let them know of any information/paperwork they are going to need during that time.