Why Pre-Plan a Funeral

Planning ahead allows you to make decisions about your own funeral in an informed and emotionally clear way.  When the day comes things will be emotionally charged and your loved ones will be guessing at what you would have wanted rather than having a funeral director provide them with your directives. Giving them peace of mind knowing it is exactly what you have chosen.  

Top 10 Reasons to Pre-Plan

1.  Easing the stress on your family when the time comes. There are more than 50 decisions that will need to be made when the time comes to arrange a funeral.  Having less than 72 hours to make that many decisions is overwhelming and stressful for your family. Wondering if this or that is the best option for you is not an issue for your loved ones when you have pre-planned your funeral

2.  Managing the financial responsibility for your funeral. The cost for a funeral can be very expensive. By pre-planning you have already taken care of the financial concern by either paying for it in advance or designating specific funds upon your death to cover the costs. 

3.  Knowing the cost is locked in and guaranteed. As with everything we purchase the costs for goods and services always rises over time.  By pre-planning your funeral you are able to lock in the costs at the rate provided the day you sign.

4.  Insuring your final wishes are honored. While our family and friends know us well, they never truly know us fully.  By pre-planning your funeral you are able to ensure that your final wishes are clear and followed out as you have instructed.

5.  Owning the personalization of your funeral. From something as small as the color of the flowers to something as big as burial or cremation, by pre-planning your funeral you are getting make the decision on what you know is the right choice for you.

6.  Knowing you were able to take care of this yourself. For many the older we get the more health issues can become a financial burden and by pre-planning your funeral you are able to set aside the funds to pay for this before the potential of health expenses take over your financial stability.

7.  Making decisions with a clear mind. All of us have thought about how we want our funeral to be.  Many of us have even discussed it with friends and family.  Putting the plan into place while you have a clear mind and even clearer vision will ensure you get the funeral you are hoping for.

8.  Prevent overspending. It is very common for many of us to overspend when we are not sure what it is exactly we are trying to create.  By pre-planning your funeral you are able to help alleviate this issue.  Your loved ones will not have to guess at things, rather they are guided by the process you have put in place.

9.  Having it be just one call to get the process in motion. For families who do not have the gift of a pre-planned funeral, even getting the process started comes with several phone calls to different funeral homes and long discussions about what to do.  For those who have taken advantage of pre-planning, their loved ones simply need to open the folder with the information concerning the funeral and call just one number to begin the funeral process.

10.  Giving your loved ones a meaningful experience. For those left behind, being able to see the funeral you envisioned for yourself become the reality in a time of stress is a huge gift to leave them.  There is no chance of fighting over what each feels is the best choice for you and no questions about what you would have chosen if you were there to do it.  You will have done it and this will be a surprising yet wonderful way to ease your family through the initial days of the loss of their loved one.

Planning ahead allows you to make decisions about your own funeral in an informed and emotionally clear way.  When the day comes things will be emotionally charged and your loved ones will be guessing at what you would have wanted rather than having a funeral director provide them with your directives. Giving them peace of mind knowing it is exactly what you have chosen.