The History of Funeral Planning
In essence, funeral planning has been in practice for centuries. The ancient Romans had burial clubs which collected membership fees to pay for their members’ funeral expenses. During the American Civil War, people would pre-pay to have their loved ones embalmed and returned home from the battlefield to be buried.
Modern Funeral Planning
Modern funeral planning is simply an extension of Life Planning. To plan for the future, you should have Life Insurance, you should have your Will written, and to complete the life planning process, you should have your funeral prearranged. It is a natural step in the life planning process and goes a long way towards making life easier for the loved ones you are leaving behind.
Don’t Leave the Funeral Planning Decisions For Your Family
When a family member dies, their loved ones are grieving, they aren’t thinking clearly, and the last thing they need is to be negotiating the planning and payment of funeral arrangements. If your funeral is preplanned and prepaid, this is one less thing they have to worry about during their weakest moment.
What’s Important to You in Planning Your Funeral?
Additionally, preplanning is the best way to make sure that your final wishes are carried out. Whether you want a full funeral service and burial, a memorial service and cremation, an old fashioned wake, or something less traditional, preplanning guarantees that you make your exit from this world on your own terms. Instead of relying on grieving family and friends to both remember and carry out your wishes, trained funeral directors will follow the directions that you have left for them in advance. It is what they do.
Funeral Planning, The Choice is Up to You
You, of course are going to live forever, so none of this applies to you…until the day that it does. When that day comes, will you leave it to your family to pick up the pieces? Or are you going to take control of your end of life plans and make sure that your final wishes are worked out ahead of time. At the end of the day it’s entirely up to you. It’s your funeral.