Hi everyone, my name is AnaMae Merton. I recently lost my birth parents during a heavy storm. Their deaths left me reeling, though we were not very close. Furthermore, I was the only surviving kin, so it was my job to arrange the funerals for both of them. The funeral arrangement process was incredibly difficult without knowing much about their personalities or passions. I struggled to find the best songs, outfits, caskets, burial sites and flowers. Luckily, the funeral director helped me identify suitable options for my birth parents' funerals. I hope to help people understand all of the different funeral arrangement options available today. Please visit my site anytime to learn more.
If you have recently had to plan a funeral for a deceased loved one, you may have started thinking about your own final arrangements. If so, consider the following advantages of pre-planning your own funeral.
Lessens the Burden on Your Family
One major advantage of planning for your funeral ahead of time is that it greatly lessens the burden on your family. After losing a loved one, having to deal with the stress of arranging a funeral can seem overwhelming. However, if you already have the plans in place, they only need to oversee your wishes.
Also, as part of the pre-planning process, you can choose to go ahead and pay for your arrangements in advance. This helps alleviate the financial burden on your family and can serve as a final gift to them.
Allows You to Decide What Happens to You
Another benefit of planning your own funeral is that you can definitively decide what happens to you. If you do not already have a plan in place, you would make your wishes known to your family that you want to be buried or cremated, but you have no guarantees that they will do what you want.
However, if you go ahead and make the arrangements, you can have peace of mind that your final wish to be either cremated or buried will be honored. Or, if you decide to donate your body to research or a medical school, you can find out what this entails and have it set up so that your family does not have to deal with making the arrangements.
Lets You Plan the Details
You may already have an idea of the type of funeral or memorial service you want, right down to the smaller details of the music, flowers, or even food you wish to have served. If you go ahead and plan your funeral, you get to include these details in your arrangements.
For example, if you cannot stand traditional funeral music, you can opt to have a recording of your favorite songs played instead. These could also be songs that defined who you were so they can remind grievers of good times they had with you.
After considering the advantages of going ahead and pre-planning your own funeral, you may decide it's time to learn more about the specifics. If so, contact a funeral home director for guidance on how to go through the funeral planning process, as well as discuss options for paying for it in advance.