Leave Nothing to Chance: Here's How to Make Your Funeral Plans From A to Z

Monday, February 17, 2020

It sounds strange to say, but death is just a fact of life. Yet, we live in a death-denying society, so nobody wants to talk about this fact. And that includes avoiding conversations about funerals.

The reality is, as difficult as it can be to discuss funeral plans with your loved ones, it's a whole lot harder if you don't. Taking some necessary steps now will make things much easier for the people you love later. 

Here are some actions to take now in pre-planning your funeral.

1. Put Together A Will Or Living Trust

A will or living trust is essential because no matter how simply you live your life, there will be legal matters associated with your death.

And without a will or living trust to clarify these, your grieving loved ones will be in the unsavory position of having to pull apart a bunch of red tape.

As far as which one is better, that will depend on your personal preference and the complexity of your estate. 

If you're at a loss on where to start, contact a will and trust attorney who can point you in the right direction.

Or if you'd prefer to avoid attorneys, you can research on the internet ways to write your own will. This is a completely valid option.

2. Be Clear on Body Disposition

This is another conversation that's difficult for people.

But when your loved ones know in advance what you want to be done with your body, the whole funeral process goes more smoothly.

Nobody wants to guess your preferences on this one. And it could leave family members and friends at odds with what each of them thinks is right for you.

So if you want to be cremated, be forthright about it. If burial is your desire, then let your family know. It doesn't matter what you choose. It does matter that your loved ones are aware of your choice. 

3. Finalize Details about Your Funeral Plans

Your funeral is about far more than how you want your body handled. Ensure that your loved ones know exactly what you want from your funeral. If you have a location you want, make it known. Do you have a preference for flowers, music, type of casket or urn?

Speaking of a casket, will it be open or closed? And if it's open, what do you want to wear for a viewing? Do you have marker/headstone preferences? Who would you like to be your pallbearers? 

Are there any key points you'd like addressed in your obituary? What about preferences for the post-funeral reception? 

Have this clearly laid out and understood ahead of time to make the transition that much easier for your loved ones.

4. Start Saving Now

As indicated by the extensive list of considerations above, funerals can be costly. Whether you're opting for a simple cremation and short funeral, or a large church funeral with a full burial, you don't want to burden your loved ones with the costs. 

So consider starting a savings account now. Invest in funeral insurance from your local funeral home. Similar to car insurance, you make monthly payments on a policy that pays out when you die.

Are You Prepared?

Regardless of how much you may not want to think about your death, it definitely pays to have funeral plans in place. Planning for your funeral doesn't have to be stressful though.

Click here to find out how we can help you and then relax in knowing that your loved ones are covered. 

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