The Importance and Benefits of Pre-planning a Funeral

The Importance and Benefits of Pre-planning a Funeral

Most of us would like to think that we will live forever, but unfortunately no one has that luxury. A funeral is an enviable fact of life. Unfortunately, because so many people are unable to cope with planning their own funeral, they leave that burden to the people they love.  

There is so much to gain for you and your family by planning your funeral in advance. You will relieve your family of the emotional drain of making arrangements for a funeral while they are grieving, plus you will be able to make sure all of your wishes are carried out.

Personalize Your Funeral

Funerals are uncomfortable to think about, but if you embrace the idea and plan it in advance, you can create a funeral that will be comforting to your family and friends. Pre-planning a funeral allows you to put in little unique special touches that will remind the people in your life that you will always be with them.

Pre-planning a funeral essentially puts you in control of the last important event of your life. You have written your own life story up until this point, so it only makes sense you write the last chapter as well.

Putting Your Final Wishes in Writing

If you do not plan it yourself, it will be left in the hands of your closest family members. They may know you well, but unless you were comfortable discussing your funeral preferences with them while you are alive (which most people are not), they won’t know how you would like to celebrate your life once it is gone. You may prefer cremation or a green burial, but they will most likely assume you want a traditional casket burial unless you have told them otherwise.

Peace of Mind that comes from Planning

If you take care of the arrangements, you can also handle the expenses related to the funeral at the same time. Pre-funding the service will give you the peace of mind that you will not be burdening your family with the cost of the funeral or dealing with the difficult decisions that come with planning it for you.

Your family and friends are going to be struggling because they will be dealing with losing you. The more details you plan in advance, the fewer decisions they will need to make on your behalf.  If all of the arrangements are taken care of for the funeral, they can focus all of their energy on grieving and healing.

Pre-planning a funeral is beneficial to you because it gives you the opportunity to personalize your funeral, it ensures your final wishes are in writing, and it allows you to set aside or pre-fund the cost of the services.

Planning your funeral in advance is important to your family, because they won’t have the burden and emotionally draining task of trying to decipher what would be the perfect send off for you. They will have a plan designed by you that they can follow so they feel comfortable and confident that your final wishes are being fulfilled. 

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Why Pre-Plan Your Funeral?

Funerals are uncomfortable to think about, but if you embrace the idea and plan it in advance, you can create a funeral that will be comforting to your family and friends. If you do not plan it yourself, it will be left in the hands of your closest family members. They may know you well, but unless you were comfortable discussing your funeral preferences with them while you are alive (which most people are not), they won’t know how you would like to celebrate your life once it is gone. Your family and friends are going to be struggling because they will be dealing with losing you. The more details you plan in advance, the fewer decisions they will need to make on your behalf.