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Planning your end-of-life arrangements can be confusing with so many different terms and phrases thrown around. As you start to consider what you need to prepare for the future, here’s what you need to know about final funeral arrangements and last wishes.
Final Funeral Arrangements and Last Wishes: In totality, final arrangements and last wishes include everything you want to happen after your passing—from funeral arrangements to burial ceremonies and just about everything in between.
Deciding on your final arrangements and creating a final wishes letter well in advance of your death will help your loved ones deal with their loss and grief, providing them with newfound peace of mind. Final wishes checklists typically involve a number of elements, including:
In addition to preferences on end-of-life arrangements, last wishes letters can include instructions and directions for family members and loved ones leading up to the time of death. You might, for example, specify that you’d like to stay at home versus at a care facility, who you’d like to visit you, and anything else that pertains to your final days.
Final arrangements checklists and final wishes documents are not legally binding. But in the event of death, many people have specific desires which can’t be taken care of in a will. In most cases, a will isn’t read until after burial or cremation—so creating a final arrangements document well in advance is a great idea to ensure that your final wishes are seen through.
While making final arrangements can be a complicated process, preparing ahead of time will not only ensure that your final wishes are met—but will also alleviate the emotional burden and financial stress for your loved ones, family, and friends.
Although making your own final arrangements may feel a bit overwhelming, our mission here at Everdays is to make it accessible, simple, and straightforward. We bet you’ll find it’s easier than you think, and it doesn’t have to be as gloomy as you may have imagined.
We approach final arrangements documents through 4 vital steps:
There are a myriad of decisions you can make in advance to decrease the burden and stress on your loved ones. While Everdays is here to help with the pre-determined arrangements, there are a few items that you won’t be able to take care of in advance, including:
Everdays helps seniors like you make a plan for final arrangements—so you can save your family stress, worry, and uncertainty. When you set up your free account on Everdays, our friendly Bot Eva will guide you through your final arrangements planning process.
From deciding on your funeral plan to leaving instructions on the type of memorial gathering you’d like, we offer a comprehensive experience so you have what you need to make the decisions that are important to you. Once your plan is all set, you can give your loved ones digital access—so they know exactly what to do when the time comes.