Everything You Should Know About Funeral Preplanning

Monday, June 13, 2022

Did you know that there are over 364,000 funerals in the United States every year? However, not everybody does proper funeral planning. 

Funeral preplanning can bring peace of mind to yourself and your loved ones after you are gone.

Naturally, some people have probably never thought about what it takes to plan a funeral and what details go into preplanning one. 

This is your guide for the most significant things that you should know about preplanning a funeral. 

Main Funeral Preplanning Necessities 

When it comes to preplanning your funeral, there are three main things that you should be aware of needing to be arranged. 

The first is preparing the body once the person is deceased. You will need a mortuary cosmetologist to prepare the body to be presented for an open casket. 

Next, you will need to consider where you are holding the ceremony. This is typically in a funeral home or a church. 

Finally, there comes the burial of the body. You will need to arrange transportation for the body to be taken to its final resting place. This is usually going from a funeral home to a cemetery. 

Researching Cost 

One of the biggest problems that loved ones run into is not having the proper finances to pay for a funeral. Sometimes, this means crowdfunding and asking other friends to help contribute towards funeral expenses. 

In some cases, it can even mean taking out a personal loan for a funeral. Considering that this path can lead to up to 36% interest for a loved one to pay back, perhaps you will want to ensure that you have the proper finances ready for a funeral. 

Research how much average funeral costs and get a price quote from a funeral home if possible. Then, start putting money aside for these costs as soon as possible. 

Know What You Want 

The advantage of preplanning a funeral is that you can figure out precisely what you want. Funeral homes will tend to offer you packages that may include certain items such as a casket, urn, or flowers. 

You can decide if you wish to get those items from the funeral home or if you wish to buy those items on your own. That decision can depend on cost, depending on what type of convenience you are looking for. 

One suggestion would be to take every item you think you need for a funeral and then write it down. Make a list and see what items you would rather get yourself and what items you need from a funeral home package. 

Start Planning Your Funeral 

Nobody loves the idea of funeral preplanning. However, it can give you peace of mind not only for yourself but also for your loved ones. 

Are you ready to get started? Book a consultation here today. 

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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