Your Guide to Quick Funeral Arrangement and Planning

Monday, January 22, 2024

Even though most American adults want to arrange their own funerals, only 17 percent of them actually have plans in place. It's difficult to make plans for someone's death, and the cost that goes into it can also lead to delayed action. 

If you want your funeral arrangement journey to go smoothly, you'll need to plan carefully. For example, don't assume you can order a cremation any time you want. You also shouldn't assume that the cemetery you wanted to use has open spots in areas you're interested in. 

Here's how funeral pre-planning can make the process much easier. 

Funeral Home Selection

The first step of any funeral arrangement is picking the funeral home. A funeral home is responsible for all of the burial and funeral services you'll need for your loved one. 

When choosing a funeral home, you'll need to ask them a few questions

How long has the home been in business? Are funeral services handled in-house, or do they outsource vendors? What are the basic costs, and are there any additional expenses outside of the main packages?

Ideally, you should shop around in your area to see which ones you can afford and see the different packages offered. 

Cremation Options

If you do opt for cremation, you can save money that you'd otherwise spend on the casket and burial plot. However, there are some considerations to keep in mind. 

For example, you may want to reserve a spot at the funeral home to visit instead of carrying around your loved one's remains. There are outdoor niches that can safely hold them. You can also bury urns at the head or foot of a gravesite. 

If you choose to scatter the remains, try to find a spot that won't disturb other people or break any laws. The funeral home should be able to provide you with a sealed container to carry them. 

Funeral Budget Expectations

Costs will vary depending on how far in advance you plan your funeral and what you want in it. 

You can save money if you pre-order caskets, flower arrangements, and other necessities. You'll also have more options to choose from since they can reserve your choices. 

Another way to prepare financially for a loved one's death is through burial or funeral insurance. This is a type of whole-life insurance policy that can help cover funeral expenses as well as any other end-of-life expenses. 

Make Funeral Arrangement Easier

Funeral arrangements and planning should never be a stressful time. You're already dealing with so much with the death of a loved one and coordinating a time with your family to get together. The last thing you want is to worry about your budget or if there's an available burial plot at your local cemetery.

Schumacher & Benner Funeral Home & Crematory has over 100 years of experience helping families in their time of need. Our services include traditional funeral services, memorials, and more.

Contact us if you need to figure out a plan for your funeral arrangement and if you have any questions about our offerings. 

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