You want to be self-reliant and have your affairs in order at the end of your life. Taking care of your funeral arrangements is a thoughtful and caring thing to do for your family.
Ease the burden on your family. If your wishes are unknown when you die, your loved ones face difficult decisions. Will they know if you wish to be buried or cremated? Will they agree on an open or closed casket, on how much to spend? Confusion and disagreements are common occurrences when there is no plan in place.
Assume financial responsibility. Planning ahead enables you to make financial arrangements to cover your funeral costs. Even if you are leaving behind sufficient money, will your survivors be able to access it? Funeral insurance and funeral trusts are sound financial planning options you can consider ahead of time.
Have a meaningful funeral. A funeral is an important event for a grieving family. It provides a sense of closure and begins the healing process. Families benefit by honoring the lives of their loved ones with a fitting and proper ceremony.
Have your final wishes followed. Your plan can express specific preferences for the disposition of your remains and the nature of your services.
The decision to preplan your funeral is personal and complicated and it is normal to experience some anxiety before taking the first step. But those who document their wishes regarding their funeral—and ultimately share these decisions with loved ones—often express a great sense of comfort and relief.
We are here to help. Contact us today and we’ll send you our extensive pre-planning document My Planning Guide: How I Want to be Remembered.