As 2017 begins, we all have plans, goals and resolutions we are determined to stick to this year. While the idea of planning your own funeral may not have been the top of your list for this year, there are many reasons why it’s not only practical, but also valuable to you and your family. We are sure that whatever age you are, this goal can be achieved this year and you will feel all the better for it. Here are five reasons why you should plan your own funeral now.
It’s a weight off your chest – Ensure your wishes for your funeral or memorial service, burial and other details are carried out.
Once you have your funeral planned, you don’t have to worry about it anymore! You will have made known your wishes and had the time and space to make certain that the details you care about will be prepared for. Even if you aren’t particular about your funeral plans, you will be able to communicate that as well and give your family the peace of mind that
Provide peace of mind for your family members – Save your family from having to make difficult decisions in their time of grief.
One of the most taxing things for family members who are left behind is having to guess what their loved one would have wanted for their funeral or memorial service. By planning it yourself, you take away the stress of having to finalize details, arrange for payments and make sure every family has had their say in the planning; all the while they are grieving. Save your family members the stress and plan your own funeral.
Prevent family squabbles and speculation about your wishes.
Alongside providing peace for family members in the midst of their grief, you can also prevent arguments over what you would have wanted. You will be able to set expectations immediately so your family will know what you wanted. This will help to preserve the integrity of your family’s relationships and could stop family squabbles about your wishes before they even start.
Pay for funeral services in advance.
Why wait to pay for your funeral service if you have the funds and can alleviate your family from having to figure out how or who is going to pay. Not only that but you are able to protect your money through the investment option you choose. All funds prepaid are placed into a Funeral Trust through FDLIC (Funeral Directors Life Insurance Company), Homesteaders or a local bank of your choice so you know your money is held securely. This allows you to save money on costs as they rise as you’re not paying. Make sure to stay tuned to our upcoming blog on the options you have for financing your funeral.
Leave a legacy
When you plan your own funeral, you have a chance to say goodbye one last time and to communicate through your funeral service how much you loved your family and friends. What could be better than leaving that lasting legacy for your family.
Now that you know just some of the benefits to planning your own funeral, why not make this an important resolution for 2017. We would be honored to help you along your journey of deciding what you would like your funeral service to look like. Contact us today by visiting our pre-planning page or calling us at one of our five locations. We are ready to answer any of your questions and get your 2017 started right.
Like what you said in a part of this article, pre-planning my funeral is helpful in avoiding having the family members to argue over what I would have preferred because I would be telling them ahead of time what I want and how things should be done. I want to pre-plan my funeral not because I plan on dying anytime soon, but because I want to be prepared. Mom will be upset to hear this, but I’m sure she’ll understand my point. Thank you for sharing. http://fitzgeraldsommerfuneralhome.com/12/Funeral-Planning.html