If you're like most people, you make plans for most of the things in your life. People make plans for everything from birthday and anniversary celebrations to daily schedules, but many don't preplan their funerals. Sure, it isn't fun to think about your own death, but there are numerous benefits to planning your funeral in advance.
Less Stress for Your Family
After your death, your family and friends need to be able to grieve, and taking the time to plan a funeral adds a lot of additional stress to an already stressful situation. By planning your funeral service in advance, you relieve your family from the added burden that comes with the planning process, which in turn, gives them the time they need to go through the grieving process and work through all of the emotions they are feeling.
When you prearrange your funeral service, you do plan out all of the little details. Everything from choosing the funeral home and choosing a burial plot to choosing different parts of your life to include in the memorial service is hand picked by you. This gives you the opportunity to create a completely personalized funeral service that includes details that may have been left out otherwise. You can include things such as asking funeral guests to make donations in your honor to a charity that you're passionate about or a photo display that highlights the major accomplishments in your life. Prearranging your funeral service allows you to highlight the happy parts of your life, turning an otherwise sad occasion into an event that celebrates the life you lived.
You'll Save Money
Prearranging your funeral services with a funeral home (like Fluehr Funeral Home) also allows you to pay for your funeral in advance. This means that the you have the cost locked in. You are responsible for paying the amount included in your contract, and the funeral home agrees not to charge your family any more money at the time of the service—even if the cost of planning a funeral service has increased. Not only do you lock in the price of your funeral service when you prepay for your funeral, but if keeps your loved ones from spending unnecessary money. They won't be tempted to splurge on things like coffin upgrades, because they aren't arranging your funeral while they are emotionally distressed.
While thinking about your own death isn't pleasant, talking to a funeral home about preplanning your funeral has a lot of benefits. Not only will you saved your loved ones money and added stress, but planning your funeral in advance allows you to plan the type of service that you'd like to have.