Funerals are sad and stressful enough without burdening your spouse, children or close friends with having to make important decisions or even to assume financial responsibilities. That’s why pre-planning for the end-of-life ceremony is always a better idea than waiting until the funeral is just days away.
Here are four important reasons to plan for your funeral long before your death.
1. You want to ensure that your wishes are followed.
Let people know whether you want to be buried or cremated, have an open or closed casket and what to inscribe on your headstone. Many options are available, and your loved ones might not know of your wishes. Seaside Funeral Home in Corpus Christi, Texas, points out that no two funeral services are alike; you can have videos photos, music or special readings — or you might not want a ceremony at all. The choice is yours.
2. You can assume the financial responsibility for your funeral.
Seize the opportunity to pay ahead of time for your funeral or buy funeral insurance, relieving your spouse or children of the financial burden of paying for the arrangements. Even if you will be leaving your family a substantial amount of money, they might not have access to those funds right away. Paying ahead of time also makes sense because the costs will most likely be less now than they will be after your death.
3. You are able to protect about your loved ones.
Your family members will appreciate that you care enough about them to take the worry of planning last-minute funeral arrangements or making difficult decisions during their time of grief. Your thoughtful consideration will provide a great deal of comfort to them. Pre-arranging your funeral plan eliminates stress from those you leave behind.
4. You gain a sense of closure.
A funeral is important because it offers a grieving family a sense of closure. You want it to be as meaningful as possible so your family members can move on and begin the healing process. Pre-planning allows you to arrange everything about and make it as uplifting as possible — a celebration of your life rather than a lamentation of your death.
Planning for your funeral ahead of time is not unlike planning for any other important occasion or life event. The more time you have to think about it, the better it will turn out. Don’t you owe that to your loved ones?
Are you looking for a funeral home that offers you a comforting and inviting place to gather in remembrance of a loved one? Seaside Funeral Home of Corpus Christi, Texas, offers decades of experience caring for families of all cultural backgrounds and walks of life. To learn more, visit www.seasidefuneralhome.com or call 361-210-6362.
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