No one wants to think of his or her death, let alone the death of loved ones. Preplanning a funeral is a way of alleviating everyone's stress when the sad day arrives. While the thought of planning your funeral ahead of time may be uncomfortable, the reasons to plan ahead are manifold. It can give you peace of mind knowing that everything is taken care of for you and your loved ones.
Paying ahead for the arrangements will relieve a financial burden from your loved ones. You have better control over the cost of funeral arrangements and you can select the right insurance to fit everyone's needs.
One important reason for preplanning a funeral is to make your wishes known to trusted and loved ones. Not everyone knows whether you would want cremation or a traditional funeral. And if cremation, do you want your ashes scattered or not. Loved ones may not know your wishes. If your death is untimely, in the confusion and grief, your loved ones may have a difficult time with decisions. Preplanning a funeral and service relieves everyone from difficult decisions.
To control much of the funeral arrangements, life insurance, estates, and division of wealth and assets, drawing up a Will is vital. The Will can arrange everything from wealth and assets to the types of caskets you desire. Work with your attorney or, what is becoming increasingly popular, with online Wills. Wills can prevent many pitfalls that could happen before, during, and after the funeral.
Some pitfalls are disturbing. They can be prevented by preplanning your funeral, so that unexpected and costly occurrences do not happen your loved ones. There are cases where funeral homes have taken advantage of the bereaved and committed fraud. Other issues can be refund-oriented, for example it is important when writing the Trust Insurance to have a cancellation clause.
Other difficulties may arise. The Will and other legal documents may prevent a sudden unaffordable funeral.
Everyone views the details of funerals differently. They are times of mourning, gatherings of loved ones, food and wishes, donations to the bereaved family, and times to commemorate. An abrupt or untimely death may make the funeral harder to handle. Preplanning all the details from the Will to the mausoleum will relieve some of the stress of the day to come, and truly make the funeral ceremonial.