The passing of a loved one can be an extremely difficult time. In addition to grieving and figuring out life after the death, family members who have lost someone may need to make funeral arrangements immediately. Unfortunately, that can lead to hastily-made decisions, financial issues, and possible long-term debt. That’s why it makes sense to pre-plan your funeral – for the loved ones that are left behind.
While it can be a very awkward, emotional, and uncomfortable conversation, there are several key reasons that preplanning a funeral can be one of the ultimate acts of love you show your surviving family members:
1. Remove the Burden from Your Family
As mentioned above, family members will obviously have a lot on their mind when a death occurs. Deciding between a cremation or burial, a burial plot or mausoleum, finding the right funeral home to use, the type of service you want – these are all extremely important decisions to make, but they’re all extremely difficult to think about when a loved one has just passed away. By pre-planning a funeral, all major decisions can be completed beforehand and the family will have more time to grieve appropriately.
2. Allow Them To Focus On You
After a death, family members will be dealing with a significant loss, so removing any possible stress and worry will go a long way. With the funeral decisions already decided upon, those who are mourning the loss can focus on the deceased and properly memorialize and remember them without financial decisions to make. By taking the time to talk to a funeral director and start pre-planning a funeral, you can ensure that your family gets the proper closure.
3. Ease the Financial Burden for Your Family
By pre-planning a funeral, you can make financial arrangements ahead of time and cover any costs. Not only will you get the funeral and memorial that you want, but it will also lessen the number of costly decisions that your family will have to go over: type of service, type of casket, where the burial will take place, memorial preparation and catering, and any number of other financial decisions. If a plan isn’t in place prior to a death, these decisions can become extremely costly and potentially cause long-term debt for the surviving family members. Easing the financial burden is one final way to help out family after they’ve lost someone. In addition to speaking with a funeral director, funeral insurance and funeral trusts are financial planning options you can consider ahead of time.
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