A Step-by-Step Guide to Pre-Planning Funerals

Monday, October 14, 2019

Most of the time, death is unexpected. It's not often where people are aware that their lives are at risk.

But, there are scenarios where someone knows that their time is limited. While nobody wants to imagine what things are like after they're gone, it's a reality you must face.

This is especially true when it comes to organizing funeral arrangements. That's what makes pre-planning funerals an option worth considering.

Not sure where to start? Don't worry, we got you covered.

Let's take a look at everything you need to know about the steps involved.

Make Sure Your Will Is Accurate

There's a difference between writing a will on your own and having a legal professional work with you. If your assets and their distribution are uncomplicated and straightforward, then you may be able to take this path.

But, if things get convoluted (such as if a family member only gets assets under certain circumstances), you'll want to work with a lawyer. 

Choose How You Want Your Remains to Be Handled 

You have a handful of options to choose from regarding what happens to your body after your funeral. These include:

  • Above-ground burial
  • In-ground burial
  • Placement in a mausoleum

There are cremation options, as well:

  • Cremation and interment in a burial container
  • Cremation and placement in a cremation urn

If you'd like your ashes to be scattered in a specific area (or by a specific person), specify that, as well.

Decide on Your Funeral Service

This is a vital factor to consider, as it determines a significant portion of the cost.

Some people opt for just a funeral service. Others choose funeral service, graveside service, and then burial. If you choose, you could even arrange to have a funeral service in your own home.

Other occurrences to consider include a viewing, a wake, visitation, and adherence to any religious ceremonies you may desire.

Afterward, you'll need to decide on things like specific pallbearers, songs, people to deliver eulogies, etc.

The more detail you can provide regarding your funeral, the less responsibility your family will have.

Make The Necessary Financial Arrangements

Unfortunately, funerals and burials aren't free. But, arranging the proper funeral services will ensure that one's passing is handled professionally and respectfully.

So, after deciding what you'd like your funeral to include and how you'd like to be buried/cremated, set aside the appropriate amount of money so that things can move along smoothly when it's time.

Additionally, your family will appreciate having specific directions to follow during moments where they may not be able to think clearly.   

Pre-Planning Funerals Can Seem Difficult

But it doesn't have to be.

With the above information about pre-planning funerals in mind, you'll be well on your way to making sure everything is properly arranged and is handled how it should be.

Want to learn more about funeral arrangements? Our blog has plenty of useful information worth checking out.

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