In today's busy world, we are constantly reminded to plan ahead for our future. It's possible that you have already prepared for a living trust, planned your estate, set up a retirement account and maybe started a college fund for your children or grandchildren. All this will ensure that those you love will well taken care of if anything should happen to you. Isn't it equally as important then to plan ahead for the inevitable need?
Planning your funeral and/or cremation services in advance will not only allow you to guide the look and feel of your service, but it will also free your family from wondering and worrying what your wishes would be and if they are honoring you in the way you would approve; allowing them to spend time supporting one another, sharing stories and begin their healing.
It is best to have these discussions with your family sooner, rather than later in a time of crisis. Bringing your family together for an honest conversation about your plans and wishes is the first step. We consistently see that families who take this journey together have a great peace of mind that every detail has been discussed and taken care of.
The Practical Benefits
Protect Your Family - Without a doubt, the most important reason for making arrangements in advance is to spare your family the financial responsibility of doing so. This step reduces the stress for your family at an already emotional time.
It Can Save Money - Funding your arrangements in advance can secure that costs of services and some of the memorial products at today's prices, and guarantees the costs will never increase.
Lets Your Wishes Be Known - You may have specific wishes as to how you want to be memorialized. Advance planning will allow you to let your wishes be known about the type of funeral or cremation arrangement you want and will ease the burden of those decisions from your family.
When To Plan Ahead - The best time is now, while you are thinking about it. We all want to think that there is plenty of time to prepare. But like any future need, being well educated will provide you with the insight to make good decisions in advance without undue stress and unwanted spending. The benefits are significant but the peace of mind you will have is priceless. It truly is a gift to your family.