04 Jan Consider Advance Funeral Planning With a Funeral Home (Pt. 1)
3 Reasons to Plan Your Funeral in Advance with a Funeral Home
It’s not a subject most people are comfortable thinking about, but at some point, your family and friends will need to make decisions about your funeral. If you have yet to make plans for the way you want your funeral to be conducted, you are not alone. According to a recent survey from AARP, only around 34 percent of those over 50 years old have done any funeral preplanning. However, advance funeral planning can see that your wishes are carried out and ease the burden on your loved ones after your passing.
Reduce Stress for Your Loved Ones
When a loved one passes, it is very important to those left behind that the funeral be a meaningful expression of their life and legacy. The plans for the funeral take on a huge significance, and family members want everything to be just right on that day. The funeral, however, usually takes place only a few days after the person has passed, giving grieving loved ones only a few days to make a great many decisions. The stress of wanting everything planned correctly combined with the short time frame to plan the funeral can be overwhelming for many people. By laying out a plan in advance, when you have time to consider such details, you relieve your loved ones of this stress at an already difficult time.
Create a Meaningful Goodbye
Taking time to plan a funeral in advance allows you the opportunity to design a meaningful ceremony that can best express your wishes. Weddings are planned months in advance to provide a meaningful ceremony to celebrate the joining of lives together; why relegate the ceremony to mark the passing of a life to a hurried plan put together in a few days after your death? Working with a funeral home to take the time to think through the details of your funeral will create an event that allows your loved ones the emotional closure of saying goodbye in a meaningful way.
Practical Considerations Worth Considering
The average funeral cost is around $7,000 or $6,000 for a funeral with cremation. Considering all the legal details to be covered and the number of experts involved in caring for the body and the services the funeral home provides for loved ones, this is reasonable for a ceremony that marks the passing of a life. However, financial concerns are often important. By planning in advance, you can make key decisions affecting the cost of the funeral and prepay many expenses if you choose. Decisions about whether you want to be buried or cremated are best made well before the emotional days following your passing. Choosing a casket or a mausoleum beforehand is a practical way of making the funeral easier when the time comes.
Whatever the choices you make about your funeral, shouldn’t they be your own choices and made with the benefit of time and thought, rather than hurriedly decided by your grieving loved ones? Give the gift of advanced funeral planning to your loved ones today.