We plan for weddings, purchasing a home, growing our families and retirement but have you taken the time to consider the options for your funeral one day? It may seem like a morbid thought, and many do not anticipate their own funeral for many years to come, but that doesn’t mean it is too early to start considering your end-of-life arrangements.
When a death occurs, family members are faced with over 88 decisions that must be made within hours, during a very difficult, emotional time. Pre-planning your funeral offers peace of mind for you and your family and allows your loved ones to be stress free. However, there are mistakes you will want to avoid when beginning the planning process, and we have compiled them to make the process as simple as possible.
1. Waiting for an illness before pre-planning:
Many people associate funeral planning with an illness, but that should not be the case. Pre-planning a funeral prior to any diagnosis is the smart thing to do, and will ease the pressure on the family during a time when they need to be worry free.
2. Not being clear about your funeral wishes:
Meet with a funeral professional to communicate your funeral desires, whether that be cremation, burial, the option of a visitation, etc., there are many options to consider when pre-planning a funeral. This will ensure that, when the time comes, your family will receive all the details regarding your funeral and no last- minute decisions will need to be made.
3. Failure to ask questions:
This is an important decision, and you want to make sure that everything is communicated prior to, meaning that you should feel free to ask as many questions as you feel necessary to ensure that your wishes are met and everything is taken care of properly.
4. Not communicating with your family: It is important to plan funeral arrangements with a funeral professional, but it is just as important to communicate with your family members as well to make sure they are aware of the plans you’re making, and that they know who to call when the time comes.
5. Allowing the price to take over: It is smart to search for a reasonably-priced funeral. Preplanning is a way to make sure emotional overspending does not happen because you will have time to plan each detail of your funeral at a price you can afford.
Preplanning your funeral is financially beneficial for you and your family and also one of the most thoughtful and caring things you can do. Get started today