When it comes to funerals, many of us don't like to think about them, let alone plan for them. Today more and more, people are realising that it makes a lot of sense to pre-arrange their funeral or join a pre-payment plan. This gives peace of mind that your wishes are known, and you have made arrangements for them to be carried out.
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, keep a copy of the plan and any pertinent paperwork in a safe place. Also, inform a close friend or relative what arrangements have been made and where the information may be found.
Contact us any time for more information on pre-planning and/or pre-paying for your funeral.
For those wishing for a traditional catholic service, follow this link for a Requiem Mass planner.