Most people are hesitant to discuss funerals, especially if it’s their own. Funeral pre-planning, however, is one of the best things you can do for your loved ones. Much like an estate or will planning, funeral planning is another way you can take the stress off family members after you pass. Securing your plans with a funeral home and paying for it in advance gives your family the freedom to grieve without having to worry about service details or event costs.
Funeral pre-planning consists of a few steps. Most arrangements can be made directly with a funeral home or director. One of the biggest decisions that you can make when pre-plan your funeral is what to do with your remains. If you choose to be buried, it’s helpful to visit the site you wish to be buried and reserve a plot ahead of time. This takes the pressure off of your family when the time comes because they don’t have to worry about finding a burial site, which is often difficult to do last-minute. You can also pre-pay for your tombstone, which can be expensive.
If you wish to be cremated, you can plan that in advance, too. It’s important to specify what you want in writing. Ideally, this would be in a document that is separate from a will. This is because wills and other legal documents are sometimes not found until after the funeral. Be sure to put your plans and preferences in writing and give copies to your family. It’s also important to keep several copies for yourself so that they are found easily when the time comes.
If you choose to pre-plan your funeral arrangements, you can also choose to pay for all or a portion of these plans in advance. Different states have different laws and regulations regarding what funeral homes can do with your investment. Funeral directors can work with you on finding the best pre-payment plan for you. You’ll also want to learn where your money will go should the funeral establishment close before your funeral.
Although it can be difficult to think about, pre-planning your funeral is one of the best things you can do for your loved ones. It allows them to grieve without the stress of coordinating service and making tough decisions. We are happy to work with you if you’re thinking of pre-planning your funeral. Call us today to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced funeral directors.