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.
As you near middle age, your thoughts might turn to how you would like your final arrangements to be carried out. You might worry about leaving a large funeral bill for your survivors to pay. You may also fear that you will not have enough money to pay for any or all of your services after you are gone.
Instead of putting this undue burden on your children and grandchildren, you can take control over the costs of your final services now. Consult with a reputable funeral home about laying out affordable funeral pre-arrangement plans that you can have paid for in full before you die.
Opting for Cremation
People who want to use funeral pre-arrangement plans that are as low cost as possible often choose to be cremated. Cremation can cost thousands of dollars less than being buried in a casket in a cemetery. In the most simple of plans, you do not have to pay for services that go along with a regular burial.
For example, if you want to be cremated immediately after death and forgo a viewing or wake, you do not need to pay for embalming. You also do not have to worry about leasing a casket to contain your remains for a wake or viewing. You can pay for cremation at the funeral home and a simple urn for your cremains if you are on a tight budget.
Planning a Brief Memorial Service
However, if you have a slightly more generous budget, your funeral pre-arrangement plans can include a brief memorial to be held at the funeral home. You can stipulate that you want the service to be held for a half hour or hour at the longest. You can also choose whether or not to have your remains present at the service.
A brief memorial service may only cost you for the hourly reservation for the chapel or viewing room at the funeral home. The cost of the memorial service, however, would be added to the total price for your cremation or burial in a cemetery, whichever you choose.
Funeral pre-arrangement plans let you take charge of how much your final services cost. You can plan them out according to how much that you can afford to pay off before you die. You also spare your relatives from having to plan out and pay for your final arrangements. Contact a funeral home for more information regarding funeral pre-arrangement plans.