Grieving for a loved one is a process that every individual handles in his or her own way. But, for all, the funeral or memorial service is a critical phase in the grieving process. The entire funeral process allows your family to gain acceptance and closure.
The grieving process should not be a time of heavy decision-making or for dealing with financial concerns. Preplanning your funeral can eliminate these stressors for your surviving family and friends.
Preplanning: Your Gift to Your Loved Ones
How many times have you told your loved ones that you wished you could take away their pain? Even when you couldn’t, you still did all you could to help. Preplanning your funeral helps you do just that. It will ease the grieving process by addressing the details that need to be taken care of immediately following a death.
Easing your family’s grief is one of the many benefits that result from preplanning. Consider the following as gifts your family will appreciate when the time comes.
Grant Peace of Mind
You would never want your loved ones to be faced with difficult personal and financial decisions during a time meant for grieving. With preplanning, you make all the decisions for your funeral ahead of time.
Funeral arrangements require your family to make up to 125 decisions, including whom to call, what type of funeral, what clothing to use, final disposition and eulogy. Even “easy” choices like selecting a favorite flower can be difficult and taxing when under duress. Documenting your preferences in advance will give your family peace of mind, and remove the tremendous burden of figuring out what you would have wanted.
You’ll have taken care of everything you want included, so there won’t be a need for more services. Your family won’t have to battle “what-ifs” or have regrets that they didn’t do enough. The only decisions they’ll need to make is when to schedule the viewing, funeral, etc.
Relieve Financial Stress
Preplanning and prefunding your funeral usually go hand-in-hand. Prefunding is actually paying for your preplanned funeral now. Preplanning relieves your family from making funeral decisions, while prefunding prevents an unexpected bill.
Funeral costs have doubled in the past 15 years. Locking in the cost of your funeral at today’s prices can lead to significant savings. Plus, you have flexibility in how you pay – installments or one lump sum. One advantage of paying for your funeral over time is that if you pass away before your funeral has been paid off, many funeral homes offer a plan that will forgive the unpaid balance of the funeral bill.
Enable Stories, Memories, and Healing
With preplanning removing the need to coordinate funeral details, you’ll be able to focus on spending time with your family and friends while you mourn. Leaning on each other for support and sharing happy memories is vital to the grieving (and healing) process.
Grieving is inevitable when someone you love passes. If you preplan your own funeral, you ensure your surviving loved ones have the opportunity to receive the grief support they need.
Learn more about how Busch Funeral Homes can help you preplan here. Our preplanning advisors can walk you through the process in one appointment.ColonelJohnBritt via Flickr