Planning Your Own Funeral

3 Things To Do When Pre-Arranging Your Funeral

Pre-arranging your funeral is a great way to ensure you get the funeral you want, and it also makes the planning process less stressful for your loved ones. This guide describes three things you should always do when pre-planning your funeral.

Choose Between Burial and Cremation

The choice between burial and cremation is one of the most important decisions you'll make when you pre-arrange your funeral. Pre-arranging is one of the best ways to make sure you get exactly what you want after you die. You might already have a strong feeling about a burial or cremation and just want to get it in writing. However, you might also want to weigh out the pros and cons of each to make your decision. For example, according to Australian Seniors, burials tend to be more expensive than cremations. Whatever you decide, be as specific as possible. For example, write down where you want to be buried or if you want your ashes scattered and where.

Map out Your Ideal Funeral

When pre-arranging your funeral, it's a good idea to map out what you want from your funeral. This can be as vague or specific as you like. For example, write down which venue you'd like, who you would like to speak, what music or readings you would like and what you'd like to happen afterwards. You might even specify something special to be written in the order of service, or a significant charity your loved ones can donate to in your memory. Planning your funeral in this way is a wonderful thing to do for your loved ones, who will find planning easier and not have to wonder what you'd want.

Specify Anything You Really Don't Want

Not everyone agrees about what a funeral should be like, and if there's something you really don't want at your funeral, pre-planning your funeral is a good way to ensure it doesn't happen. This is because when your family sees your wishes face to face, they are less likely to go against them — plus, if you've paid for and arranged something else, it feels set in stone. You might not be religious and may not want prayers or hymns, or a church funeral. Perhaps you don't want flowers, or for people to wear black or don't want to be buried in the same place as your family. Think about anything that would upset you and specify that you don't want it

By deciding between burial and cremation, planning the details of your ideal funeral and specifying anything you don't want, you can pre-arrange a funeral that feels right to you and accurately reflects your wants.

Reach out to a funeral home that offers pre-arranged funeral plans to find out more.