Speaking with your loved ones about funeral decisions is one of the most difficult conversations you’ll ever have. However, when it comes to funeral planning, a dose of preparation can make a world of difference. It may be a difficult topic, but it is essential because it will help clarify your parents’ wishes. Here are a few ways to start the conversation so you can ensure your parent’s requests are properly honored.
How to Talk to Your Parents About Funeral Planning
1. Personalize Your Approach
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to discussing end-of-life arrangements. You know your parents best, and if they’re sensitive about discussing serious topics, you should tailor your approach accordingly. There’s a chance this topic might naturally come up in conversation, especially if your parents are already thinking about how they would like to be remembered. If they express any interest in discussing memorial services, take advantage of this opportunity.
2. Plan Ahead
If the topic doesn’t come up on its own, pick your moment tactfully. Rather than talking about funeral arrangements out of the blue, tell your parents in advance that you would like to discuss their plans. Then, make sure that your environment is free of distractions and set aside a comfortable amount of time, so you have ample room to engage in an honest conversation.
3. Reach Out to Others
You don’t have to discuss funeral planning on your own. When appropriate, coordinate with your siblings and any close relatives that should have a hand in the decision-making process. You can also arrange a meeting with the director at a local funeral home to discuss your parents’ options for the funeral, memorial service, and any other arrangements. In fact, having a neutral third-party present might make the conversation easier for everyone involved.
With an acclaimed reputation for compassionate and quality funeral services, Meyer & Geiser Funeral Home has served families in the Cincinnati, OH, area for more than a century. Their caring staff of funeral directors is prepared to help you through every step of the funeral planning process, from pre-arrangements to memorial services. To speak with a compassionate representative, call (513) 921-4144, or visit them online to view their planning resources.