Planning someone else’s funeral can be a stressful situation during an overly emotional time period, and it’s something we certainly wouldn’t want to wish on any of our family members. So, preplanning your own funeral is a kindness you can bestow on your loved ones, allowing them to grieve naturally about your loss, without having to be concerned about what you might or might not have preferred, as well as the financial costs of a funeral.
But you might be asking, “When should I start preplanning my funeral?”
The answer is as soon as possible, since we usually don’t know when our funerals will take place. If we preplan our own funeral, we can make sure they’re celebrated exactly as we’d like, and our family members can forego any added logistical or financial stresses they might have endured otherwise.
Preplanning My Funeral: What Steps Do I Take?
There are several different steps to planning a funeral, and luckily, you’ve decided to do this ahead of time, which means you can take longer than most people take when they’re planning someone else’s funeral.
Deciding Where To Be Buried
Not only does this mean which area of the country or the state you’d like to be buried, but it also means what cemetery you’d like to be buried in. By deciding this early on, you can talk with the funeral director, and let them help you cover all the bases on preplanning your funeral.
Deciding How To Be Buried
Would you like to be buried underground in a casket, or entombed in a crypt in an above-ground mausoleum? Would you prefer to be cremated and interred in a niche in a mausoleum, or would you prefer to be scattered at sea? What type of casket or urn would you like?
Paying For the Funeral
By prepaying for your funeral, you’ll relieve your family from such an expense. You just have to decide if you want to pay for the funeral ahead of time in one lump sum, or if you’d like to work out a payment plan with your funeral home of choice. If you choose not to pay the funeral home ahead of time, you might consider putting money aside for your family to help defer the costs for your funeral. However, if you prepay, you’ll get today’s prices for your funeral, rather than the funeral prices from when you die, which could be in 20 years.
Personalizing Your Funeral
There are several different things you should decide on that will help personalize your funeral services:
Who will officiate it? How big should the service be and who is invited? Do you want to have a viewing, a wake, a visitation before the funeral? What about after, is there a reception? What religious observations would you like to take place during your funeral? What type of music would you like to be played? What kind of flowers and decorations do you want?
One of the major steps you need to take when you preplan your funeral is to communicate to your family what you’ve paid for and what you’d like in terms of burial or cremation, and how you’d like your funeral to happen? By talking to them about this, you’ll alleviate their concerns, while also answering some questions they might have about some of your decisions.
If you’re preplanning a funeral in the South Florida area, consider talking to The Gardens of Boca Raton Cemetery & Funeral Services to see what they can offer you and your family. We’re committed to fulfilling your comfort needs and helping you through the entire experience with our lasting memorials. You can call us at (561) 989-9190, or visit the cemetery at 4103 N. Military Trail, just north of NW 40th Street, and west of I-95 in Boca Raton.