Many people plan their own services ahead of time. For those who have never done any kind of funeral planning, you might wonder why you should think about planning your own. After all, you might think that's something your family should handle after you pass away. However, there are some real benefits to planning — and paying for — your funeral services ahead of time. Here's a look at what you need to know.
Do you want to preplan your own funeral arrangements? More and more Americans realize the value of deciding for themselves in advance. Not only do you relieve your loved ones of the burden of making tough choices, but you also provide a way to pay for these.
But once you draw up your own arrangements, the next step is to ensure that they will be followed. How can you do this?
More and more people are choosing cremation. According to the National Funeral Directors Association's 2019 report on cremation and burial, Americans chose cremation more than traditional burial, and the cremation rate is expected to continue to rise.
Cremation offers a simple and affordable alternative to a traditional casket burial. Knowing the basics about cremation can help you make the best decision for yourself so you can let your loved ones know of your wishes after death.
Whether you are trying to pre-plan your own funeral or you are trying to find a funeral home for a loved one, you will want to make sure that you are finding the best one possible. A lot of this will have to do with your needs at the moment and what you expect out of the funeral service. Here are some things that you might want to consider when it comes to calling and talking with the different funeral homes in the area:
When planning a funeral service after a cremation, many people stick to traditional service ideas and traditions. However, if you opt for cremation, you have certain benefits that will allow you to plan a unique and meaningful funeral service.
Consider a Viewing
Even if you choose cremation, you can still hold a viewing of the deceased before the cremation is carried out. This is the same as a viewing before a burial, where loved ones can see the deceased a final time and pay their last respects.