Dealing with the death of a loved one will always be difficult. With emotions running high, it can be hard to cope with personal distress as well as organising the funeral. And this is why sourcing the right funeral director is so important. These professionals will ensure everything runs smoothly and alleviate the sadness this delicate time brings by easing the administrative burden that results from someone’s passing.
Some people find planning the funeral with family and friends helps in their grieving, whilst others prefer to take a step back, either way, talking through with an understanding professional about how they would like to be involved, can easily be achieved. Those who look ahead and plan their own funeral find it peaceful to know that they are in good hands and that all will be as they wish it to be.
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Planning your own funeral may sound morbid, but it can save your loved ones a substantial amount of money. Apart from alleviating the financial burden of your survivors, planning your own funeral
ensures that you will have the funeral you want, and relieves your survivors of the guesswork entailed as they try to figure out what kind of funeral you would have wanted. Here are five reasons to start planning:
1: Get What You Want. When you plan your own funeral, you ensure that you get everything you want and nothing that you don’t. You can decide what you want done with your remains, whether it’s to be buried, cremated or donated to science. If you choose to be buried, you can choose your own burial plot, mausoleum (above ground tomb) and casket. If you’d rather be cremated, you can choose whether to
place your ashes in a columbarium, which is a mausoleum dedicated to this purpose, or be scattered according to your wishes. You can also choose the type of memorial service you want by requesting that your loved ones throw a party to celebrate a life well lived, without your body present, or decide to have a traditional funeral service with a viewing of your casket.
2: Save Money. Most funerals are planned after the person has already died. It’s done by family members who are grieving the loss of someone they love. The decision to pay £2,000 for a quaint, cosy coffin or £10,000 for the platinum, silk-lined casket with gold trim is entirely your decision. Making decisions ahead of time can reduce the amount of “emotional” money spent.
3: Pay in Advance. All you’ll need to do is appoint someone in charge and make sure they know where the money is.
4: Lessen the Burden on Your Loved Ones. Losing someone you love is an emotional and very difficult time. Scrambling to make funeral arrangements and find the money to pay for them are not ideal ways to spend the first few days of grieving. By planning your own funeral in advance, you’ve given your loved ones a gift. You’re allowing them to focus on their grief and celebrate your life without worrying about what to do next.
5: Peace of Mind. Lastly, planning your own funeral gives you peace of mind. You’ll know that, when the time comes, things will be done your way with your money. You’ll have taken the burden off of your loved ones ad made your own decisions.