Funeral Pre-Planning Options
It's simple enough to assume if you're reading this page about funeral pre-planning, the idea of making your funeral service arrangements ahead of time has some appeal for you. Perhaps it's because you're already involved in estate planning activities and wish to take care of absolutely everything; or it could be that you've recently experienced the death of a friend or family member and have come to realize the value of recording your intentions and desires now, before your instructions are needed by your survivors.
In truth, funeral pre-planning benefits everyone you care about, and we encourage you to take the next step by calling us at 313.881.8500. However, should you need additional information about the value of pre-planning your funeral services; we invite you to read further.
Why Should You Pre-Plan?
This same question could be asked about almost anything we do in life: we plan ahead for vacations, career moves, and marriages; why would we not choose to pre-plan our funeral arrangements? Basically, it's because we don't really want to think about–let alone make plans for–the end of our lives. Yet, somewhere in the back of our minds, we know the day will come, but do we have to think about it now? For many people, the answer to that question is a resounding "yes"; but for an even larger number, the answer would be "I'll think about it tomorrow". Really, it often comes down to simple procrastination: putting important things off, simply because you don't feel like doing them. Some folks don't see a problem with procrastinating; for others, it creates unnecessary anxiety and guilt.
Whether you consider yourself a procrastinator or not; we can understand how easy it is to delay pre-planning your funeral services. Yet, when area families discover the many reasons why funeral pre-planning is a worthwhile use of their time, we find they can ignore the urge to put it off until a later date. Here's a short list of the benefits of pre-planning:
• You provide surviving family members with the specific information they will need so they know, and are able to follow, your final wishes.
• It gives you and your family an opportunity to talk about very important issues–life and death issues, if you will–like organ and tissue donations, cremation, and how to plan meaningful services.
• It significantly reduces stress for those you leave behind, each of whom will be affected by the grief they now feel.
In short, funeral pre-planning shows those you love how much you really care. And when you pre-fund your funeral pre-arrangements, you will save money. In fact, it can guarantee your family will never have to pay more for your funeral arrangements. And in pre-paying, you'll relieve your survivors of any financial responsibility; they will only need to focus on comforting one another during what is sure to be a most difficult time. If you are interested in learning more about pre-paying for your funeral, please read Prepaid Funeral Plans.
How We Can Help
We like what Abraham Lincoln said, "You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today." Perhaps we can't escape it; but many of us believe we can avoid the responsibility as long as possible and fall headlong into the trap of procrastination. But picture what happens when you neglect funeral pre-planning: your family is not only left grief-stricken by your passing, but now they must collectively decide what it is you would have wanted. And sometimes disagreements occur, or funeral costs prohibit them from doing exactly as you would have wished.
If you're ready to begin pre-planning your funeral services, or wish to discuss the financial benefits of pre-paying for the services and goods you've chosen during the funeral pre-planning process; call us at 313.881.8500. We will gently guide you, sharing our insights and practical knowledge along the way.