Having a consultation about your last wishes may not be the most cheerful conversation, but more and more people are starting to understand the benefits of pre-planning your memorial service.
The pre-plan funeral ceremony may ease the burden of your relatives after experiencing the loss of a loved one and in the contemporary world being aware of each and every choice you have is a unique advantage.
Pre-planning your funeral ceremony can take some of the organisational and financial stresses off of your relatives after your death, and ensure that you get the kind of funeral or cremation ceremony you want. However, pre-planning can offer several benefits, and it is generally recommended to do so while still alive.
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Here are some tips why you should consider the idea of planning your funeral or cremation ahead...
Let's start with the one of the most important decisions you should make: Cremation, Burial Or Donation?
First and foremost - let your loved ones know your wish. Would you like to be buried or cremated? You can easily put it in your Will or a letter to your family. It is not necessary to have a certain choice, but let your family know that it is up to them.
Body donation is also an option, as it may help many people in need.
Take care of yourself
Thinking about your afterlife experience and arranging a full ceremony before passing away can be liberating or even empowering movement and having a memorable service is an important part of the recovering process. Whether you decide to have your ashes scattered in the ocean or having a modern, artistic burial rite, your unique touch and memorable “Goodbye” ceremony is going to be felt and recognised by your love ones.
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The options are many, but recent studies show that cremation becomes more and more preferred, as people tend to keep ashes at home at urns and keepsakes.
One of the common misconceptions about pre-planning is that you have to pay for the service ahead. Pre-planning does not means you have to pay for it immediately, but you can just explain your wishes and examine your choices. All of the necessary steps, wishes and details can be discussed with a funeral director in your home town.
Pre-planning your funeral ceremony can also help with financial planning. You can choose the type of service you want, the location, and the products you want to use (such as caskets or urns), and this can give you an idea of the costs involved. Pre-paying for your funeral expenses can also help to ease the financial burden on your loved ones.
When making pre-arrangements, it’s usual to pay in advance for some of the products and services you will need.
A simple insurance policy for funerals can be bought, with the funeral home as the beneficiary. This way, when the final hour comes, the funeral home will receive the payout from the policy and can use those assets to pay for your funeral.
Finding the right funeral director
Find the services of a funeral home you have used before and work with their funeral director to plan your cremation or burial. You can use them for planning your memorial service as well. You will certainly need some goods and services for your memorial ceremony, which might be expensive.
In case you've chosen cremation you will typically work with a funeral director first and they will help you with choosing crematory and urn for ashes.
If you are planning a direct cremation followed by a memorial service or scattering of the ashes , you may be able to work with the crematory directly—you can skip working with a funeral home.
Furthermore, you will have plenty of time to take the most logical choices as what kind of urn for ashes or a headstone you would like or where you would like your remains to be scatted. Urns for example may vary in material (ceramic, stone, brass, wood), size (large urns, keepsakes) and purpose (for home, for scattering ashes, etc.) - Learn more about urns here.
Support your family
Losing a family member or a friend is a time of a great sadness. You can be helpful your loved ones with fully or partially organising a ceremony, which will ease some additional stress and anxiety on your loved ones. After a decease, families are faced with the need to arrange the funeral that fully respect the persona of the deceased one.
While assorting the rite, suffering families are faced with so many questions that this kind of responsibilities can be a great burden and can disturb their grief. If you would like to pre-plan your funeral arrangements or just to discuss them, these will not just be at a considerable support to your family, but you are going to be sure that your last wishes are carried out.
Pre-planning can give you peace of mind knowing that your final arrangements are taken care of. This can be especially important if you have specific cultural or religious requirements.
Personalise your memorial service
You may think about identifying desired readings, ceremonies and even decorations if you wish. Here are some other things to consider:
Choose the right spot: Funeral ceremonies are usually held at religious places of worship, chapels at cemeteries, or at gravesides. A ceremony of scattering can be performed almost anywhere but be sure to check the regulations first.
Choose who will be part of your final goodbye: There are many ways for friends and relatives to be part in a memorial service.It is up to you to decide what role each of them will have at your funeral ceremony. Don't forget the guests. Make a list of the people who you want to invite to the funeral ceremony and give their contacts to your relatives.
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Think about other aspects of your funeral or memorial service: Let your family know how you’d like the service to look and feel. Choose flowers, music, urn for ashes and other personal touches.
Overall, pre-planning your funeral ceremony is a personal decision that should be based on your individual circumstances and preferences. However, it can offer several benefits, and it is generally recommended to do so while still alive.
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