How to Pre-Plan Your Funeral

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Do you ever wonder who plans funerals? Sadly we don't have the ability to coordinate these things from beyond the grave, but there are ways of future planning without having to burden your loved ones once you've moved on from this life.

If you're interested in learning more about how to plan your own funeral, you're in the right place. We're going to take you through a step-by-step guide of the process, so keep reading.

Choose a Funeral Home

The first thing you need to do when you decide to plan your funeral is to choose a funeral home. There are a few things to take into account when deciding:

  • location
  • long-term plans (do you see yourself moving?)
  • budget

Once you've considered these aspects, speak to your chosen funeral home about packages and pricing. At Schumacher and Benner, we can help you plan a funeral that's perfect for you.

Choose a Type of Service

No funeral is exactly the same, and there are several different ways that your family can honor your life. It's worth speaking to your loved ones about this, but planning your own funeral allows you to choose a service that you feel best reflects your life.

Traditional Funeral

The most common type of funeral is a traditional one. This is a service at which the body is present, either in an open or closed casket. After the service, the body will either be buried or cremated.

Memorial Service

While a memorial service is similar in style to a traditional funeral, they are usually held after the cremation or burial, and so the body is not present at the service.

Graveside Service

Sometimes, a graveside service follows a traditional funeral service, but it is possible to hold the whole service at the graveside. These services have been more popular throughout the COVID-19 pandemic in order to allow more people to attend.

Celebration of Life

While a traditional service is a solemn, quiet event, a celebration of life could be seen as more of an upbeat, happy event that honors life with joy and gladness.

Personalize Your Funeral

As we've mentioned, every funeral is different. So it's important for you to make sure it's exactly as you want it. There are two parts to this.

Firstly, pre-planning your service to your exact requirements with your funeral home will ensure that everything is recorded. Next, you'll need to assign someone in your family to oversee the proceedings. 

Here are a few aspects of your service to consider;

  • eulogies
  • readings
  • music
  • number of guests
  • pallbearers
  • officiant

Each of these things can be tailored to exactly how you'd like your service to run.

Share Your Plans With Those Close To You

Discussing your funeral with loved ones isn't an easy conversation to have, and it might feel like there's never a good time to bring it up.

But it's important to bring them in on your plans and allow them access to the information held by the funeral home. Doing this will give you peace of mind, and will show them the importance of future planning.

Are You Considering Future Planning?

Future planning is something that we all put off because it's natural not to want to think about the end of our lives. But doing so can make things an awful lot easier when the time comes.

Having plans in place is a huge weight off your family's shoulders and will allow them to mourn and celebrate your life without distraction. If you want some help planning your funeral, get in touch today.

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