Planning a funeral immediately following the death of a family member can be a difficult process. Death is a time of great sorrow, but it can also be a time of emotional confusion and financial strain. Arranging your funeral ahead of time is a caring gesture and creates a legacy that your family will appreciate. While most families choose to take advantage of the economic benefits of prepaying for their funeral services, prearrangement does not have to cost a dime. In addition to taking the burden of making arrangements off of your loved ones, by preplanning your services, you control exactly how your final arrangements will be presented.
Saves your family the strain of trying to determine what you would have wanted
Allows you to make decisions without being governed by emotions
Creates a caring legacy for your family and personalized service to celebrate your life the way you wanted
It costs nothing to simply preplan, and leaves a clear set of instructions outlining your wishes
The average cost of a funeral doubles every ten years, no other investments increase as quickly
People that pre-fund their own services spend 30% less than their families would spend at the time of need, because there is no “emotional overspending”
Locks in today’s price of the funeral so your family owes nothing at time of death
Affordable options and interest-free payment plans are available to meet any budget
Prefunding of your funeral is Medicaid-Approved and protects your assets
Your life has been marked with achievements and relationships...What are your passions? Your greatest loves/relationships? Your most treasured accomplishments? Your final services should reflect YOU and THE LIFE YOU HAVE LIVED!
At your church, the funeral home, the cemetery, the country club, your home? Services can be held literally anywhere.
Take the time to visit the funeral home in person to see how the staff treats you, how the facilities look, and whether you believe the sta there will treat your family and friends with compassion and professionalism.
Provides psychological closure for your loved ones.
Allows friends and the larger community to have closure.
Provides time for family and friends to gather and remember your life through stories and expressions of condolences.
Casketed body is present...puts your life in a spiritual—based on your faith tradition—and emotional context.
Casket or Urn is present...puts your life in a spiritual—based on your faith tradition—and emotional context.
No casket present, but possibly an urn... puts your life in a spiritual—based on your faith tradition—and emotional context.
Following the service (possibly catered)
Will your casket or urn be buried in the family plot, your urn placed in a church columbarium niche or your cremains scattered at the beach or some special place? Do not leave this FINAL decision to your loved ones...make it clear where you wish your remains to be permanently placed.
This person will set the tone for your service and make sure it includes the scriptures, music, personal remembrances and other details you outlined.
This includes any music that is pre-recorded or performed live that will be used as part of the service or services. Special hymns or songs can help insure that your service reflects your life, interests, and beliefs.
Outline what—if any— flowers you would like to be present at your services.
Many families appreciate having photos or videos from happier times present at visitations and services since they help initiate conversations remind everyone of a life well-lived... Some locations may have restrictions concerning videos or other equipment and this should be taken into consideration.
For persons with a much-loved hobby or pastime, displaying fishing gear, musical instruments, quilts, motorcycle gear, or other items really creates a feeling of who the person was and makes the service feel more individual.
This can be important if the service is one that provides for a viewing. You may have a specified outfit that has meaning for you. Also, consider accessories like your wedding ring or jewelry that you might want to include and whether it is to come back to the family or stay in the casket.
More than merely a good-bye, it can be considered a farewell that allows us to read, in chronological order, details of the life of the deceased. Obituaries are also records that will aid future generations in the reconstruction of family histories.