Whether your loved one was just placed into hospice care or is suffering from a terminal illness, nothing is more heart-wrenching than learning a death is near. In those final days, it’s important to enjoy your last few moments with your loved one and cope with your grief in a healthy way.
The death of a loved one is often ranked as the number one most stressful event to go through in life, especially knowing that you’ll be responsible for planning final arrangements. And if no final wishes are documented for your loved one, it’s up to you and your family to arrange services, select a final disposition method and agree upon a budget.
What if you could lessen the burden described in this scenario for your family when your passing is near? While no one likes to think about making final arrangements (especially for themselves), an increasing number of people are finding that preplanning is a wise decision.
To learn how preplanning can provide comfort to you and your family when a death is near, continue reading below.
1. Preplanning frees your family from unnecessary stress.
Unless final wishes are in writing, it can be difficult for surviving family members to understand exactly how you envision your funeral or your preferred final disposition method (ex: burial vs. cremation). This can bring about unnecessary stress for the people you love.
When you preplan, you’re able to document your final wishes for your family to carry out, including type of service (ex: funeral, gathering, memorial service and/or visitation). Preplanning also allows you to specify your desire for personalization, including flower arrangements, memorial folders, video tributes and more.
This frees your family from the stress of having to make final arrangements for you. Instead, they can work with the selected funeral home to create a meaningful and memorable tribute that reflects your wishes— alleviating some stress as they grieve.
2. Preplanning relieves your family of financial obligation.
Planning a funeral is one of the most stressful experiences families face. It also happens to be one of the most expensive purchases, too.
While not required, most people who preplan their funeral also prefund it. When you prepay, the services you choose are locked in at today’s rates to save you and your family from rising funeral costs.
Additionally, preplanning offers flexible payment plans. Instead of having to pay one large lump sum upfront, you’re able to space out payments to fit your budget, while protecting your surviving family members from having to take this financial obligation on themselves.
That way, when the time comes to say your goodbyes, your family won’t have to worry about the price tag of a funeral.
3. Preplanning gives your family peace of mind.
Beyond the practical reasons, preplanning also provides peace of mind to you and your family.
Instead of having to worry about funeral details, your family can focus on being present with you. This comforts you in your final days knowing your family is taken care of, and your loved ones know all details are documented.
When the time comes, your surviving family members can gather with the people who matter most to you to celebrate your life and legacy. This can be helpful to the healing process, as it reassures both you and your loved ones that everything will be alright.
Preplan to Save You and Your Family Time, Money and Worry
Interested in learning more about the emotional and financial benefits of preplanning? Download the Seniors’ Guide to Funeral Arrangements for more information on how preplanning can save you and your family time, money and worry.