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Four reasons to plan ahead

It sounds strange but to have chosen our final resting place in such a beautiful spot brings a feeling of comfort and contentment, we are very happy.

Most people don’t like to think about their own mortality. Planning your own funeral means acknowledging that you will indeed one day die. It also means getting what you want for the right price while offering yourself and your loved ones peace of mind. If you’ve considered planning your own funeral here are four reasons to stop procrastinating and start planning:

1. Get What You Want

When you plan your own funeral, you ensure that you get everything you want and nothing that you don’t. You can decide what you want done with your remains, whether it’s to be buried, cremated or donated to science. If you choose to be buried, you can choose your own burial plot and if you’d rather be cremated, you can choose whether to have your ashes buried or scattered and if so where.

You can also choose the type of memorial service you want by requesting that your loved ones throw a party to celebrate a life well lived, without your body present, or decide to have a traditional funeral service with a viewing – or anything in between. Planning your own service will help ensure the guests remember you the way you’d like them to.

2. Save Money

Most funerals are planned after the person has already died. It’s done by family members who are grieving the loss of someone they love and often financial decisions are made with the heart and not the head. Making decisions ahead of time can reduce the amount of emotional money spent.

Remember your insurance policy might not take care of everything and no insurance policy tells your family how to plan for your funeral, which funeral director to choose, or how much to spend on your funeral. Your family will still be faced with decisions you could have made with them. Insurance is often used for other things or designated for something or someone special hospital bills, a widow’s security, or a child’s education. Give yourself and your family the peace of mind that comes from having your funeral arrangements and expenses taken care of.

Paying in advance can also help greatly as one thing you can be sure of is that the price of a funeral will continue to increase way above the rate of inflation. And when you purchase your funeral before there is a crisis, you may choose from a variety of payment plans that meet your budget.

3. Lessen the Burden on Your Loved Ones

Losing someone you love is an emotional and very difficult time. Scrambling to make funeral arrangements and find the money to pay for them are not ideal ways to spend the first few days of grieving. By planning your own funeral in advance, you’ve given your loved ones a gift. You’re allowing them to focus on their grief and celebrate your life without worrying about what to do next.

Some often people comment that they don’t care what happens to them after they are dead. You may not care, but your family will have to. Your family’s job will be much harder because someone will have to make the decisions for you. The person in charge may not know your wishes. A decision will have to be made about the kind of funeral service and where the burial will be.

These decisions can be coloured by grief, not governed by reason. There are some questions that only you can answer. What kind of coffin? Where do you want your funeral to be held? Do you want flowers, music, a minister? These are all personal choices that only you can make. So, even if making your arrangements is not high on your list of things to do, making decisions now will lighten your family’s problems later. Why not do it today, put your mind at ease and take the burden off of your loved ones.

4. Peace of Mind

No one wants to think about their own death, but in reality, we all have to someday.

Have you ever purchased automobile insurance? Homeowner’s insurance? Life insurance? Arranging your own funeral, like purchasing life insurance, is one more provision you can make for a time when your family must go on without you. You make all the choices in advance. You select what happens to your body. You select the type and place of your service. You decide how much to spend. Doesn’t this make more sense than leaving this burden on your family?

Planning your own funeral gives you peace of mind. You’ll know that, when the time comes, things will be done your way with your money. You’ll have taken the burden off of your loved ones and made your own decisions. I won’t propose that you’ll be ready to face death when it’s your time, but you’ll have one less thing to worry about when you do.