Anytime is a good time to plan your funeral… apart from this funeral time. Why? Because there are clear benefits to planning. Can you imagine planning a wedding for just a few days? Any celebration of that issue? Why are you leaving the last celebration of your life at the last minute?
What are pre-planned funerals?
“Preneed” programs (also known as “Preplanning”) are funeral arrangements made by the living. The pre-planning a funeral can be made at any time and offer many benefits. Also, instructions on how to do it, planning worksheets, and collaboration tools are now readily available on websites like Funeralwise.com to help you build a funeral plan. Now there is an easy way to plan and puts you in control of the process which is done online.
Reasons why you should be pre-planning a funeral
- You want to lighten the load on your family. If your wishes are not known when you die, they will face difficult decisions during trying times. Will they know if you wish to be buried or burned? Will they agree on an open or closed funeral coffin? Will they agree on how much they will spend? Confusion and inconsistency are commonplace when no plan is to be followed. You can avoid this by leaving the program behind.
- You want to take financial responsibility for your funeral. Planning allows you to make financial arrangements to cover your funeral expenses. Even if you leave behind enough money, will your survivors be able to get it? Funeral insurance and funeral trustees are sound financial planning options that you can consider ahead of time.
- Mentally, it gives a feeling of closure and makes the family start the treatment process. Families benefit emotionally and socially by respecting the lives of their loved ones through appropriate ceremonies and by giving them appropriate income. It is difficult to make a better funeral if it is planned in a short time.
- You want your last wishes to be followed. If you have certain preferences for the placement of your bones and the type of your funeral services, you can identify them in your funeral plan. You may have a love of burial or cremation, an epitaph on your keystone, or music and readings at your funeral. Or you may not want a funeral party. Whatever your wishes, they need to be included in your funeral plan.
- You want to be independent and plan your affairs at the end of your life. Taking care of your funeral arrangements is the most thoughtful and caring thing you can do for your family. It is comforting to know that you did your best to reduce the burden on them. And you can be sure that they will let you know that your care continued after you passed away.