While thinking about your funeral and death can feel macabre, it’s a reminder there are crucial affairs that should be in order before you pass. They cover a variety of topics, and the funeral planning staff at Shipman Funeral Home & Crematory in Wagoner, Oklahoma, advise organizing your documents will significantly ease things for your loved ones. The process is also a chance to ensure your wishes and plans are fulfilled which will lift a burden while you enjoy the rest of your life.
3 Important Things to Take Care of Before Your Funeral
1. Will & Estate
Hopefully, you’ve already begun handling your will and estate plans. If not, it’s imperative to start. If you suddenly pass, what you leave behind is up for grabs and can create long-lasting complications. A foolproof will and estate plan ensure inheritances goes to the right person, according to your wishes, and that your loved ones are taken care of. This is also a good time to update any assets or investments that need to be included.
Some debts die with the debtor, some don’t, depending on your state’s laws pertaining to credit and loans. The estate will be responsible for paying all debt before there is a division of assets among your heirs, but only an attorney skilled in probate law can assist with this issue. And it’s important to note, part of the debt incurred and covered by the estate would be the cost of the funeral and burial.
3. Funeral Wishes
If you suddenly pass, your family is left to guess at your wishes. Meet with a funeral director to discuss your funeral. Specify if you’d like to be buried or cremated, whether or not you’d like any décor and what kind, or other specifics you’d like, as well as services and amenities for guests and family. This ensures you’ll receive the treatment you want and allow you to cover costs that would otherwise be left in your family’s hands.
If you need guidance or are prepared to begin funeral planning, turn to the professionals at Shipman Funeral Home & Crematory. Their compassionate staff has provided unrivaled service throughout Eastern Oklahoma, North Texas, and Western Arkansas, and can help you organize a fitting memorial for your loved ones. Call (918) 485-9525 today to reach their Wagoner location, or call their Muskogee office at (918) 682-1700. You can also visit their website and Facebook to learn more about their funeral services.