Throughout our lives,
we anticipate and plan for many of life’s most important events: our
wedding, our first home, the birth of our children, family vacations and
retirement. We plan ahead so that we can anticipate our family’s needs
and make sure that all the details are taken care of. Why then, do so
many people leave life’s most significant event to their loved ones to
plan during a time of sadness and distress? Doesn’t it make sense to
plan your funeral and cemetery arrangements ahead of time so that your
family won’t have to?
By planning ahead, you can:
- Help ease your family's emotional burden.
helps you protect your loved ones from the stress of making difficult
funeral and financial decisions at a time of emotional upheaval. It also
helps to eliminate emotional overspending by removing the guesswork
about what you would have wanted.
The good news is that you don’t
leave your family the pain of making critical decisions when they are
least prepared. When you preplan, your family won’t have to guess and
make hurried decisions that they can’t undo.
- Avoid difficult decisions at a stressful time.
all realize that the best decisions are always those that are made
calmly, rationally and with ample information at hand. That’s why it
makes such good sense to plan ahead and take care of as many of the
decisions as possible so that difficult choices won’t be left to the
ones you love the most.
- Ensure that your wishes are known.
At some time
or another, most of us have probably talked or joked with others about
what type of funeral or memorial service we might have. But would your
loved ones really know what you would have wanted? Take the time to make
and record these important decisions now, together with the people you
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