Many people plan for life events such as weddings and vacations well in advance, but many people do not plan for something that is certain to happen, their funeral. While most people do not want to think about their own mortality, the time to pre-plan your funeral is now. The primary advantages of pre-arranging your funeral are to relieve the burden on your loved ones during an already emotional time, and to ensure your funeral is carried out according to your wishes, eliminating the task of second-guessing what you would have wanted. Taking the time now to arrange your funeral is one less thing your loved ones will need to worry about once you’ve passed. Pre-planning and pre-paying your funeral is one of the most thoughtful gifts you can give your family.
Pre-paying your funeral reduces stress and financial burden on your loved ones after your death. We can co-ordinate a payment plan that suits your needs, from a single payment plan to monthly bank account withdrawals. By pre-paying your funeral, you eliminate your family second-guessing whether they have spent too much or too little on your funeral. Pre-payment also protects you and your family from inflation, and the growth is non-taxable. Depending on your region, if your funeral costs less than the amount you have put aside, those funds will be refunded back to your beneficiaries. For more information on what is applicable in your region, simply speak to your funeral director. Each year, thousands of people decide to pre-plan and pre-pay their funeral. These plans are designed to be flexible and can accommodate the many changes that often occur in people’s lives.
What you can do in advance…
You can do as much, or as little, as you want when pre-planning your funeral services, from deciding what clothing you want to wear, to just the basics of whether you would like to be cremated or buried. You can also go so far as to speak to a funeral director and pre-pay your funeral, but this is not necessary. You can simply record your wishes in a place where your loved ones know where it is. The most important thing you can do is make your executor aware of these decisions. Some main items to consider:
- Decide on Burial or Cremation and your casket or urn type.
- Select what type of service you want (religious, military, non-traditional)
- Choose which funeral home to use.
- Designate your pallbearers; pick any music or readings you want at your service.
Benefits of Pre-Planning
- Between 70 and 75 decisions are made within the first 24-48 hours of death. It’s difficult to think rationally while making so many decisions within days of losing someone; therefore, pre-planning gives yourself, family and friends peace of mind. Pre-planning gives your loved ones direction in carrying out your wishes and desires.
- It’s easy. Anyone can do it, and you can change your mind at any time.