How to pre-arrange funeral services

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One of the most stressful times of someone’s life is when a loved one dies. One of the things that can make it even worse is when that person is now required to make very important decisions that they were not prepared to make.

Someone who has experienced a loss is rarely in any condition to make the myriad of decisions involved in planning a funeral including finding a funeral home, choosing a casket, deciding where to bury the deceased, and what type of services to hold.

By pre-planning your own funeral, or encouraging your aging parents or relatives to do the same, you can make sure that your (or your relatives) wishes are known and followed when the time comes. This can help your family and other loved ones have an easier time grieving as they can feel secure that the wishes of the deceased are being followed and they can’t make mistakes when planning services.

The levels of commitment and costs involved can range from planning every detail and paying for everything ahead of time to completing a checklist and paying only a few dollars to have it notarized. Below are two options in terms of pre-planning your funeral.

Complete Pre-Planning

The most involved, would be to meet directly with a funeral director of your choice, make exact decisions and even pay part or the entire funeral yourself. This is a very good choice for the elderly that have very specific idea of what they want and want to alleviate the financial stress on their family. This would also allow someone to interview several funeral directors and determine who they would feel most comfortable handling the services.

Basic Pre-Planning

The least involved would be to write down ideas that you have regarding the type of service, if you would like to be cremated or buried, and where you would like your final resting place to be. There are many simple checklists and guides that can be found online to help direct your documentation.

To ensure that your wishes are known, it would be a good idea to have this document notarized, usually for a nominal fee, keep one copy in a safe deposit box, and keep another copy with a trusted person.

If you have ever had to deal with planning a funeral, you will certainly understand the importance of pre-planning. If you have not had this experience, know that by pre-planning you are helping your friends and family and ensure that your desires are understood and followed.

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