While it is difficult to think about your own death, many people pre-plan the details of their own funerals long before they pass on. Putting together a plan for your funeral can alleviate the pressure that would otherwise fall on your loved ones’ shoulders. It is a way to show that you love and care for them once you are no longer present.
Pre-planning a funeral also allows you to discuss your wishes with your family, ensuring that practical decisions are made as opposed to emotional decisions. At the same time, it lightens the emotional and financial strain that your family might have to go through. It can even go as far as including discussions around a memorial service and specific cemetery. Regardless, this assures your family that everything will be well taken care of, giving them (and yourself) a peace-of-mind that is much deserved.
Here are some key considerations that you can make during the pre-planning process.
One of the biggest concerns associated with funeral planning is the financial aspect. Pre-planning makes both you and your loved ones aware of the costs and limitations you will encounter. It also creates room for pre-funding options and saving towards the funeral. Consider how your requests and wishes will be navigated on the financial front, so that this is not something that will overwhelm anyone at the end of the day. The cost of a funeral is affected by every other decision that is made, such as the cemetery you choose, as well as the type of burial you prefer. If you would like to factor in the costs of a memorial service, too, the pre-planning stage is a good time to do so.
This is the most significant part of the pre-planning process. There are many types of burials and funeral services to consider. Your decisions may be influenced by the type of person you are, your religious inclinations, and your budget. Here are some of the most common burial and/or funeral types you may encounter while planning:
Cremation: It is important to let your family know if you would like to be cremated. It is also essential to discuss what will be done with your remains. If there is a specific place you would like to rest, let them know.
Green Burial: Families who are inclined toward traditional funerals may not be familiar with the idea of a green funeral. If the environmental and financial effects of a funeral are a primary concern to you, let your family know what a green funeral entails, and where you would like to be laid to rest.
Mausoleum: While it is more common for mausoleums to be part of a family’s culture and traditions, you might be the first of your family to suggest the idea. Mausoleums tend to cost more than many other burial options, so it is even more important to take care of the financial aspect in this case.
Traditional Burial: Even if you want a traditional funeral, your family will have to know any preferences you might have. This can include specific location, tombstones and even casket type.
By keeping the cost and different burial types in mind, pre-planning a funeral can be a simple, even cathartic, experience. The knowledge that your present decisions can positively impact your loved ones in the future should, hopefully, list some stress from your shoulders.