There will come a time when your family will mourn your death. Before this happens, consider making a plan for your funeral so that it’s one task that your family doesn’t have to complete. If all the plans are in place, it can sometimes take the stress from your family so that they can grieve and remember your life.
1. Cremation or Burial
One of the first things that you want to decide is whether you’re going to be cremated or buried. A cremation is an option that’s less expensive, but it might not be the decision that your family agrees with because you won’t have a monument or burial plaque in the ground. A burial is a traditional option to consider and it allows family members and friends to visit your grave at any time. Keep in mind that your ashes could be spread at a favorite location or kept in an urn with a family member as a way to remember you.
Meet with a funeral home to look at the options that you have regarding caskets, funeral services, the details involved with opening the grave and burial. Remember that you’re not obligated to make a final purchase until you know what you want. One detail to keep in mind is that funeral services tend to increase every few years, which means that you might want to make a decision rather quickly if you’re in the planning stages so that you don’t have to pay more money.
3. Online Options
It might not seem like a traditional way to look for caskets and other components of funeral services, but you can usually find everything that you need online. There are images of caskets and urns depending on whether you want to be buried or cremated. You can also find information about a breakdown of the costs associated with each aspect of a funeral or memorial service. You can usually find designs for memorial booklets as well so that your family doesn’t have to make these decisions.
When you talk to funeral homes about your final wishes, you might encounter some people who want to sell a package deal. This is sometimes beneficial if you’re married and want to be buried beside your spouse. You can also be cremated and have your ashes and those of your spouse placed in urns that are buried or given to a family member. Most packages include the complete burial or cremation process as well as the details of the service, visitation, gravestone, and opening of the grave.
5. Write Your Details
Make sure you write down each detail of your funeral preparations so that your family knows of your wishes. Set aside money so that they don’t have to pay for everything. If possible, secure a life insurance policy that at least covers the funeral expenses. If there are certain songs that you enjoy, certain types of flowers, or clothing that you want to be buried in, you need to write these details down to make the final stages of planning as easy as possible for your family.
Unless something drastically changes, consider writing your own obituary. This will allow you to include the details that you want aside from the date of your death and where you passed away. You’ll also be able to include details of where people should leave a monetary donation if you don’t want family members and friends to send flowers to the funeral home or church.
A funeral is something that you’re not able to push aside. However, if you’re prepared early, then it doesn’t have to be a stressful event for those you leave behind.