While the thought of planning your own funeral may be slightly uncomfortable at best, funeral pre-planning can be very beneficial to your family. The National Funeral Directors Association provides detailed information in their Bill of Rights for Funeral Pre-planning.
The Benefits of Pre-planning
By planning your funeral before the time of your death, you’re relieving your loved ones of important decisions during a very stressful time. Furthermore, you’re eliminating the anxiety that comes with the question, “Is this what he or she would have wanted?”. You’re ensuring that your spirit is accurately reflected in your obituary and service, and sending that final message to your loved ones.
The Right Time
You’re never too young to visit with a funeral director regarding a plan. While we all hope for a long and healthy life, unexpected death can leave families in distress. Planning a funeral during these times may add undue stress to your family. Furthermore, many funeral homes allow the option to prepay your funeral expenses. While this is typically not a requirement, it may be a way for you to relieve your family of the financial burden that accompanies death.
What to Plan
When pre-planning your funeral, you will make all the same decisions a family is typically required to make following a death. You may choose your casket, your cemetery plot, your headstone, the church hosting your services, and your pallbearers. You may write your own obituary and select music and literature that you would like used for your funeral.
How to Plan
Schoedinger Funeral and Cremation Services is eager to meet your needs and fulfill your vision for your services. Contact Schoedinger today to discuss the pre-planning process and schedule an appointment. Be sure to ask what happens to your contract if you relocate to an area out of our service area, who pays taxes on interest accrued on your deposit, whether the prices are guaranteed or not, and how to cancel the contract if you choose to do so in the future.
Most importantly, you must share your plans, or the location of your plans, with your family. Choose at least two to three people to visit with regarding your funeral plans to be sure they are carried out at the time of your passing. Keep a copy of all documents signed with the agency in a safe place.
Another way to ensure your wishes are carried out and relieve your family of difficult decisions is to plan for your end-of-life care. Creating an Advanced Directive can ensure your family and caregivers know exactly what your wishes are if you are unable to communicate them.
It is also important to ensure you have funds arranged to replace your income for your spouse or children. Consider saving for retirement and purchasing a whole life insurance policy.
In summary, pre-planning your funeral tells your family that you love and care about them. Read our pre-planning checklist for a great place to start.