Ashes to Ashes: Learn How to Make Your Own Cremation Plans

Monday, February 3, 2020

Imagine the extravagance of the funerals in Ancient Egypt. From mummification to parading through the town, the process was a spectacle.

Today, it's just as important to plan your death even if you don't get your own pyramid. Finances are often a major concern for families who are planning funerals. Cremation plans offer an inexpensive alternative to traditional burial.

Read on to learn everything you need to know about your cremation options.

Considering Your End-of-Life Plans

The first thing you need to decide is how you'd like to get memorialized. Cremation is often a less expensive option than traditional burials. Here are a few cremation options available to you:

  • Scattering your ashes
  • Traditional burial of your ashes
  • Outdoor niches - your ashes can be held in an above-ground urn
  • Personalized - create a unique urn keepsake for your family

Each of these options provides a beautiful way for your family to remember you.

It's important to discuss these options with your family members before deciding. After all, not everyone will love the idea of a personalized urn with your ashes in it. Others, though, will adore the thought.

To Pre-Pay or Not to Pre-Pay?

Once you've determined how you'd like to get remembered, it's time to figure out the costs. It's important to start putting away money for these costs, but how you do it is up to you. Here are a few options you have:

  • Guaranteed plans with a funeral home
  • Non-guaranteed plans
  • Open a dedicated savings account

There are pros and cons to each choice. Guaranteed plans with a specific funeral home ensure the price of your cremation. Regardless of how long the plan is active, the prices won't change.

Non-guaranteed plans can change, but they also get paid off over months or years. You won't have to make a huge down payment.

You can also start to save money in a dedicated account that's not associated with a funeral home.

Talking With Your Family About the Inevitable

There are several reasons why death planning is important. Without it, your mourning family members will have to figure it out all on their own. They'll have a lot of decisions to make and expenses to tend to.

Don't make the mistake of planning everything on your own, either. Otherwise, your family members may not even know about your wishes. They may not know what you've paid for your cremation.

It's not easy, but you need to be open with your family about the inevitable. Talk with them about what you've decided, and give them all the information they need for the future.

While it may be difficult, your family will appreciate and remember your love and effort.

Securing Your Family's Future with Cremation Plans

Making your own cremation plans likely isn't at the top of your to-do list. Despite that, it's still an important aspect that you need to take care of before it's too late. Taking action now will prevent your loved ones from getting overwhelmed later.

Are you ready to get started on making end-of-life preparations? Do you want to speak with an expert before setting your plans? Reach out to our funeral home and crematory through our online form now.

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