What to Consider When Planning Your Own Funeral

Monday, March 28, 2022

15 percent of 35 to 54-year-olds and 10 percent of those over 55 have decided to plan their own funeral.

The idea is becoming increasingly popular, leaving the control of farewell plans in the hands of the person that matters most — the person who is passing.

Planning your own funeral is a great way to ensure your life is celebrated the way you want. However, if you've never considered planning your own funeral, you may not be sure where to start.

Here's what you need to consider.

Choose A Funeral Home

The first thing you'll want to do when pre-planning a funeral is choose a funeral home to make all of your arrangements through.

Although you can't possibly predict where you'll be when you die, choosing one that's near your current location or near your family is a safe bet. You should make sure you feel completely comfortable with the people there, and that they strike a great balance of warmth and professionalism.

If you move around a lot, choosing a funeral home run by a national company can be a safe bet, as they likely have locations all around the country.

Consider Your Final Arrangements

One of the most important funeral planning tips is to consider what you want to happen to your body when you pass.

Some people would like embalming and then burial to preserve their body for as long as possible. Others like the idea of cremation, as their ashes can be scattered in a place they love or kept by their family.

Cremation is cheaper than burial, which may influence the decision.

Assign Someone To Be In Charge

When it comes to how to plan a funeral, you can't be in charge after you pass, so make sure you designate someone you trust to take over.

They will be in charge of making sure your wishes are followed and organizing the funeral, so it's important that you make this decision. If you're in doubt, you can also assign someone to take over in case the first planner can't do the job.

Consider Special Requests

You should also think about special requests for your funeral service. For example, is there certain music you want or readings? Are there certain people you want to be invited that may not be obvious choices for your family?

Considering these things in advance and writing them down can really help. No detail is too small, because your celebration of life should be exactly what you want.

Planning Your Own Funeral Is Worth It

Planning your own funeral can seem like a daunting venture, but it's truly worth it in the end. It can give great peace of mind to know the arrangements are sorted for when you pass, and it will help your family too.

Not to mention that signing off on the costs now can help you get ahead of inflation.

If you're looking for a funeral home to help preplan your celebration of life, get in touch with us for a consultation and we'd be happy to help.

At Schumacher & Benner Funeral Home and Crematory, we want to take care of you and your family in any way possible. Our services include traditional funeral services, celebration of life services, cremations, selection of memorial and headstones, and more.  

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