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How to plan your final wishes

When it comes to the end of life, we all have different wishes we hope to be fulfilled. It can be difficult to think about what is going to happen after you pass, but having a written plan for your friends and family will ensure everything goes smoothly. Your final wishes go beyond what you want to happen to your physical property. They also include details of what you would like to happen with your body and at your memorial service. 

The best way to have your wishes to be known is by writing them down and giving them to your loved ones. These wishes can be included in your will or trust, but it would be beneficial to have them in their own document as well.

Make a checklist

Making a checklist will help you organize your thoughts and see what still needs to be done. There are many final wishes guides you can find online to help guide you through these decisions.  

Financial Wishes

First, your checklist should include financial and legal decisions. We suggest that you consult a financial advisor or an estate planning attorney. Most of these decisions will be laid out in your will, but you can still outline your requests in this document. Things you should consider including are the location of your most recent will, your assets and their location, and any wishes you have in regard to your funeral costs.

Memorial Arrangements

There are many different options for your memorial service. Planning a memorial service can be difficult after losing a loved one, so having a list of wishes can make the process easier. Consider talking to a funeral director to discuss the different options available.

Burial Arrangements

For your burial wishes, you will have to decide if you want to be buried or cremated. You can include if there is a specific cemetery or plot that you would like to be laid to rest in. If you choose to be cremated you can specify who you want your ashes to go to or if there is a location you wish to have your ashes scattered. 

Service wishes

You may want to specify where you want the memorial service to be held and what you want to be included. If there is a specific friend or family member that you want to speak then you should make that wish known. You can also include specific prayers or readings that you would like to be read at the service. You can be specific as you would like, this is your celebration after all.

Knowing your wishes are known by your friends and family will give you peace of mind and help ease the burden of those making decisions. Time to plan is limited, so this guide will give your family more time to grieve and celebrate your life.

Jeff Monreal Funeral Home is dedicated to assisting you through the end-of-life process. We understand how difficult this time can be and want to make it as stress-free as possible. Contact us today so we can handle your loved ones with the dignity and respect that they deserve.