There are a number of reasons why it is a good idea to plan your funeral. During such an emotional time, it helps loved ones to alleviate the additional stress of having to make all the decisions associated with planning a funeral by taking care of the logistics in advance.
A pre arranged funeral also gives the deceased the opportunity to have a more personalized arrangement. They can have the opportunity to express how they want friends and family to remember them. This way, the family does not have to shoulder the burden of trying to remember everything their loved one would have wanted in their final arrangements.
Any element of a funeral can can be pre-arranged. This may seem overwhelming to have to think about every aspect of things like the service itself, arrangements for a post-funeral reception, and a burial at the cemetery, but it can all be done by simply following an organized checklist so nothing is left out of the pre-planning process.
This should always be the first conversation they have with their loved ones because it can make a difference in the arrangements that are made with a funeral home. First, let them know if your wishes are to be buried or cremated. Then, this should be put in writing in your will.
If your choice is to be buried, at some point you have to purchase an actual burial plot from a cemetery or other location of your choice designated for burials. If you choose cremation, you can still be buried. You also have the choice of having your ashes scattered at another location.
Maybe you are unsure of the type of interment or what your choices are for burial. Here is a brief breakdown of the most common types:
Because the funeral home you choose helps you through most of the choices you will make for your burial, service, and all the small details that go along with both of these things, it is crucial to pick one that you know your family can trust. If you are not familiar with a funeral home where you live, than ask around to friends and family about who they have used in the past and their experience with that funeral home to find one you can depend on to carry out your wishes accordingly.
When you make your choice, you will typically begin your funeral pre planning at the funeral home. This person or team of funeral professionals will walk you through your entire checklist to ensure you have not forgotten anything. Some of the items they will work with you to plan are the following items:
Any funeral service will include a variety of specific ceremonial details including some or all of the following items:
So often during this emotional time, the little things can be forgotten that make all the difference in a funeral ceremony. This includes many of the following items that help to remind family and friends of the person that the deceased was to them and pay tribute to them as well:
The payment process for a pre arranged funeral can vary depending upon the funeral home that is chosen. Typically, a pre planned funeral can be paid for with a variety of payment arrangements including paying incrementally as you finalize each part of the pre-planning process. Some arrangments do not need to be pre-paid, so this is a very important question to ask as each component is chosen.
If there is a need for a cemetery, a funeral director can supply a list of them from nearly any area in which a loved one may pick to be buried. But, some other very important things need to be taken into consideration first:
This is always an optional element to include when you plan your funeral day, but one that gives everyone who has had a meaningful relationship with the deceased time to gather together and spend reminiscing with one another about the dearly departed. This could be a favorite restaurant, local hall, or a religious space connected to the deceased.
Many people choose to have monetary donations given to their favorite charity in lieu of flowers being sent to the funeral home. In this case, ca list of charities should be created that any loved one can choose from to send their donation to on the deceased’s behalf which should also be included in the obituary.