Planning a funeral for yourself can initially feel morbid; however, doing so has a number of advantages, such as giving you full control. By organizing every element ahead of time with the funeral home director, you’ll feel secure knowing that your wishes will be honored. If you’re not sure how to get started, here’s a quick overview of the process.
A Guide to Funeral Preplanning
When you sit down with a funeral director, they’ll discuss cremation versus a traditional burial; the casket or urn options; and personal elements, such as the epitaph on the headstone. Also, make sure to talk about the various aspects of your ceremony. Think about whether you want religious clergy to lead the service or family members or friends to speak. Also, to add a visual element, you may want to showcase photos or a video presentation. Some individuals create playlists of their favorite songs. You can also request that guests abide by a formal or casual dress code.
Next, consider the decor, and whether you want the funeral to be private or public. You may choose to stick to traditional religious practices or create a unique funeral service that reflects your personality. Write down ideas in advance and share them with family members to get input and feedback. By making all these decisions now, your family won’t need to guess what you would have wanted.
From paying for a casket to a cemetery plot, funerals can be a financial burden for family members. By preplanning, you’ll be paying today’s prices—saving the family on inflation—and relieving their burden. You’ll be giving your family a meaningful gift, and you’ll feel secure knowing they won’t struggle financially due to the costs. When you sit down to create a budget, consider factors such as transportation to the funeral home and burial site, the cost of handling the remains, fees for the funeral service, and the cost of a cemetery plot. A funeral home director will help you explore funeral trust options so money can be set aside in a secure account dedicated to any expenses.
When you’re ready to preplan a funeral, contact Belmont Funeral Home. Serving New London County, CT, since 1954, this funeral home is committed to providing preplanning services. Their staff members are compassionate and dedicated to meeting the needs of their clients. Explore their services in full online, and call (860) 537-2900 to speak with a funeral director.