Pre-planning your funeral arrangements gives you the opportunity to organize your wishes ahead of time. Pre-planning consists of things such as choosing your funeral home, gathering information for your obituary and keeping it in a safe place, choosing how you would like your remains to be taken care of – selecting a casket or urn, pre-paying for a cemetery plot, and even choosing specific details like what kind of flowers you would like or pictures you would like shown at the service.
This option has many benefits to you and your family.
- Pre-planning your funeral allows you to pay now to avoid the cost of the inevitable inflation that occurs over the years. It also saves your family from paying for your funeral and allows your family to benefit from your assets and/or life insurance when you pass. It also helps your family avoid last minute expenses at the time of the funeral service.
- Arranging your funeral yourself means no guess work for your family. While they may know what your favorite flower is, they may not know which casket or urn you’d prefer or whether or not you want to be cremated.
- Planning your funeral gives you time to make an informed decision. When death occurs unexpectedly, family and friends scramble to make arrangements – which is difficult to do while grieving.
Consider pre-planning your funeral arrangements to make sure your wishes are honored and to relieve your family of the often difficult decisions that come with burying or cremating a loved one.