Thinking about your own funeral leaves most people feeling a little uneasy, but more people are finding that pre-planning a funeral offers great emotional and even financial security for them and their families. With pre-planning, families find comfort in knowing that the funeral reflects what their loved one wanted. It also gives them peace of mind to not have to make important decisions at a stressful time.
Increasingly, people are planning their own funerals, mainly to lessen the responsibilities for the family at such a difficult time. Pre-planning also makes your funeral preferences clear, including:
- Your choice of funeral director
- Your church affiliation
- Your wishes as to burial or cremation and, in the case of the latter, the placement of your ashes
- The venue for your funeral service
- Details of a cemetery plot which is already owned, or your choice of cemetery where a plot is to be purchased
- Details of organisations, professional societies, clubs, etc. which must be specifically notified of the funeral details.
- Specific wishes important to you.
There may also be things you don’t want at your funeral and these can be made known.
If you are considering pre-arranging a funeral, get in touch and we can make a time to go through everything with you (either at your place or ours).
Once you’ve made pre-arrangements, give a copy to your funeral director to keep on file, then keep your plan and any pertinent papers in a safe place. Also, inform a close friend or relative what arrangements have been made and where the information may be found.
You can download a Funeral Pre-Planning form to print here or click below to complete our form online.