We all knew them. The girls who have had their wedding planned since the age of 6. Or the boys who’ve been working on their business model since middle school. Many people start preparation for college, their wedding, their careers and their kids far in advance of when they actually occur. It’s natural to think ahead to those big events, so it makes sense that funeral planning should be a part of that list as well. Here are four reasons planning your own funeral will set your mind at ease:
1. Ensure your wishes for your funeral or memorial service, burial and other details are carried out.
While we may not have thought about this before, you will want to reflect about what type of services you want. Where should the services be, what do you want them to look like, sound like, and who do you want to be there? These are just a starting point of things to ponder as you pre-plan.
2. Save your family from having to make difficult decisions in their time of grief.
There will always be grief and heartache after a death. Your friends and family will be relieved to know that they will not have to make hard decisions while they’re grieving a loss. What a gift it would be to allow them to take the needed time to remember you without having to deal with additional planning stress.
3. Prevent family squabbles and speculation about your wishes.
The last thing you will want after you pass away is for your family to be arguing. By pre-planning, you will be able to greatly reduce the stress of loved ones having to make guesses about what you would have preferred for your services. Pre-planning instead will allow you to gather with your family proactively to discuss your wishes for your services and reflect on what life stories are most important to you and your family.
4. Pay for funeral services in advance.
Having your funeral services paid for in advance is just another burden off of you and your family. Make sure to work with a trusted funeral home to ensure your wishes will be met and your pre-planning contract is consistent with the guidelines provided by the National Funeral Directors Association.
Once you’ve started thinking about pre-planning your funeral, it’s time to contact a reliable funeral home to work with. Check out the many trusted resources Willwerscheid Funeral Home offers and contact us for more information about pre-planning. Don’t wait until it’s too late!