Planning for a funeral can be a very somber experience. This is especially true if the funeral is your own. Doing so can be beneficial for several reasons, , such as relieving your loved ones of the burden of planning your funeral while they are upset and mourning your loss, or helping them honor and remember you the way you want to be remembered. There are many matters to consider when planning ahead for a death. I can help you to organize and plan things the way you choose, and take the burden off of family and friends. Here are a few steps that you can take in preparing for your funeral.
Know What Your Options Are
When it comes to planning your own funeral you should consider many options, such as whether or not you want to be buried or cremated; what type of casket or urn you may want; what music should be played, if any; which loved ones should be contacting the funeral home to help with the final arrangements and interment, and more. While some may wish to have an elaborate funeral and burial, others may want a simple memorial service. Planning ahead gives you the chance to make such choices without pressure on you or your loved ones.
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Document Your Plans
When one is undertaking the planning of their funeral, I can help you with the legal matters. All important papers should be kept in a safe place where they can be accessed by your loved ones in the event of your death. Your wishes for your funeral should be included in those papers.
Allow Loved Ones to be a Part
The funeral and other events are part of the healing process for your loved ones. Do you want it to reflect your wishes on how you want to be remembered or do you want those decisions left to others after you are gone?. Keep this in mind during the planning process and allow your loved ones to be a part of making the decisions. It is important for them to be able to grieve, and celebrate your life in a way that will help give them some closure. Listen to their input, and incorporate their ideas when appropriate.
Handle the Finances
In the best of circumstances, you will have insurance that will cover the cost of your funeral, but this is not always the case. If possible, it is best to plan ahead and prepay for some of the services. This takes the financial burden of your final goodbyes off of your loved ones. I can help you decide between the various ways to financially prepare for your funeral.