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    Your Legacy, Your Way: How to Begin Thinking About Your Final Wishes

    Posted by Jim Busch September 23, 2021


    While it may not feel like a top priority, documenting your final wishes is ultimately an act of love for your surviving family members.

    But where do you begin?

    Let’s face it: No one wants to think about their own passing. Thinking through your final wishes is like the process of planning a funeral for a loved one. If you’ve ever done it, you know you have a myriad of details and options to think through, from disposition method to the type of end-of-life celebration you’d prefer.

    Prearranging your funeral can feel daunting. But wouldn’t you rather put your preferences in writing to ensure your life is celebrated how you’d prefer, and protect your surviving family from sudden emotional and financial burden?

    Read on for a resource that can make it easier to start thinking about your final wishes—all from the comfort of your own home.

    The Importance of Preplanning

    It’s critical to understand the importance of preplanning your funeral.  

    With up to 125 decisions to make after the loss of a loved one, preplanning can save your surviving family members significant emotional and financial burdens.

    Without documenting your final wishes, your family members will be tasked with choosing every detail for your final disposition and end-of-life celebration—all within a short amount of time and while grieving.

    Preplanning not only helps your family members, but gives you the option to choose exactly what you want, from the location of your service, to the type of celebration you’d prefer, all the way down to the color of your flowers.

    Start Thinking About Your Final Wishes with Our Simple Tool

    To begin the process, we created Your Legacy, Your Way: A Personalized Final Wishes Tool, a comprehensive assessment that covers a variety of final arrangement considerations, from final gathering preferences to how you want to be remembered.

    We want you to be confident in your planning, so we’ve included all of the important factors you’ll need to consider to ensure your final wishes are met, including:

    • Method of disposition (burial, cremation).
    • Location and type of final gathering.
    • Personalization options.

    It can be challenging to begin this process, but our assessment can help guide you. Click to get started.

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