It goes without saying that we plan for the biggest events of our lives. We plan for the birth of a baby, a high school and college graduation, a wedding, and our retirement. The fact is that while we plan for all the important events, most of us fail to plan for our last meaningful event, the one that is meant to celebrate our whole life and leave a final impression on those closest to us, our funerals.
Preparing for the Party of Your Life
Close your eyes for just a minute and think back to your wedding day. You handpicked the flowers, you chose the perfect dress, you knew how the cake was going to taste. You had already heard the music that was going to be played. Now, it was time to share all the things you had chosen with the people you love most.
Fast forward to the birth of your child. You had the baby’s going-home outfit picked for months. The car seat was carefully installed in your vehicle. Meals were prepared, rooms were made ready. The moment you were waiting for had arrived and you finally brought your bundle of joy home.
There’s no question that we make endless plans for the things that matter most to us. What if you could plan the celebration of your life? What if you handpicked the flowers, chose your clothing, heard your songs? Well, you can – and you should.
5 Reasons to Pre-Plan Your Funeral
Here are 5 reasons to plan for your funeral before your passing:
1. Eases the emotional burden on family and friends
Pre-planning your funeral will give your family and friends time to grieve in their own way, without the burden of planning a service and burial. When it’s already planned, your loved ones can show up and honor your life, the way that you want it to be honored.
2. Eases the financial burden on family after your passin
Pre-planning your funeral will allow you to handle those costs before your passing. Many funeral planning services will allow you to pay on a payment plan so that by the time you pass, your funeral is planned.
The average funeral in the United States costs between $7,000 and $10,000, with some estimates putting the average higher at 11,000. It is expensive and can be burdensome on your family to either use the money from your estate or come up with the funds themselves. Additionally, families tend to spend more on the funerals of loved ones if the funeral is not pre-planned. Guessing at their loved ones wishes and feeling guilty over not choosing the more expensive option can lead to a large financial burden.
3. Allows your personal input in your legacy
What do you want the celebration of your life to be? This is a service all about you. Do you want it to be serious and somber or funny and light-hearted? When you pre-plan your funeral, you get to choose how people remember you.
Maybe you have a favorite flower or a favorite song. Be sure those little things that make you so unique are reflected in the ceremony that is all about you.
4. Ensures a meaningful service for family and friends.
Pre-planning your funeral allows you the time to think through your wishes ensuring a meaningful service, one that comes directly from your heart. Taking the time now to begin planning and paying for your own funeral will help your loved ones relax and give them time to reflect on your life and what you meant to them without the stress of planning and paying for your service.
5. An act of love
The heart of the issue is that pre-planning your own funeral is an act of love. It’s a way to show your friends and family how much you care for them. Taking on the burden of planning and paying for a service and making your wishes clear reduces their stress, and often their guilt, after your passing.
Have you thought through your funeral? Do you know what you want your celebration of life to look like? Contact us today and our funeral experts can help you make those important decisions