Creating a strategy and taking the necessary steps to plan your funeral not only alleviates the emotional and financial burden felt by your family at the time of your passing, but it can also provide you with personal clarity and control over creating a meaningful memorial service your family will cherish.
Lightening your family’s emotional burden
Funeral planning can be overwhelming no matter when it happens, but at a time of loss, it can feel like an impossible task for your family to handle. The loss of a loved one is among the most difficult experiences a person goes through. The emotional burden that accompanies the funeral planning process for your family can be a barrier in their ability to grieve and heal properly. By taking away the difficult decisions that accompany planning a funeral, you can give your family the gift of time to celebrate your life and properly grieve your passing.
Here are a few simple ways to get started:
- Decide on whether to have a traditional burial or cremation.
- Choose on whether your service should include religious or specific family traditions.
- Determine a location for the service that is meaningful to you.
- Select the personal touches that will make your celebration uniquely yours: flowers, music, photos, programs, service participants
- Provide a list of information needed for your celebration: father’s name, mother’s maiden name, community and organization affiliations
Eliminate your family’s financial burden
The average cost of a funeral has risen 227% over the last 30 years. This tremendous rise in prices means most families can expect to pay between $7,000 and $10,000 for their loved one's funeral expenses. If this large cost is left to your family at the time of your funeral, it can place a financial burden on them that is often difficult to handle and adds to an already trying time.
Thankfully, there are easy ways to eliminate this burden for you and your family. Pre-planning your funeral can help eliminate the financial burden from your family and provide the following benefits:
- Locks in prices to protect against rising funeral costs
- Removes the financial worry and anxiety for you and your family
- Gives you complete control over the cost and planning of your celebration
Pre-planning is not only a way to deliver on the promise to always take care of your family, but it is also a way to take control of your final wishes and celebration. Your life's passions, milestones and legacies knit together a story that is uniquely your own, and taking the time to pre-plan your celebration assures that your family and friends will be able to share in your story and celebrate a life well lived.