Why You Should Preplan Your Funeral

By: Alterna Cremation
Tuesday, April 9, 2019

They say that fortune favours the prepared, and it’s easy enough to see why that might be true. When you’re organized, when you have all of your ducks in a row, things fall into place more easily, things happen more smoothly, because you’re ready for them. While we apply this reasoning to all facets of our lives, we’re less keen on planning for our funerals. It’s easy enough to understand why; people often shy away from thinking about death. Nonetheless, it’s an incredibly important, generous thing to do; death is an inevitable part of life, more certain than anything else you might plan for. There’s a lot of good reasons to preplan your funeral.

 

For Your Loved Ones

 

The death of a loved one is an incredibly emotional, difficult time. These difficulties are compounded by all the work that has to be done; not only are you suddenly grieving, you also have to suddenly make a lot of important decisions, usually without enough information or experience. While funeral directors will try as best they can to guide the bereaved through the process, it can be exceptionally burdensome. By preplanning your funeral, you take a lot of this weight off of your loved ones; they won’t feel overwhelmed by all of the options and decisions that come with funeral planning. You can speak with them about your pre-planned funeral well in advance, and you can leave detailed instructions accompanied by your will and with the funeral director.

 

For Peace of Mind

 

Thinking about how your loved ones might arrange a funeral for you can be a difficult exercise; you might consider conflicts that could occur between them, the ways that they might represent your life that might not be in line with how you want to be remembered. When you plan your funeral well in advance, you give yourself a sense of agency; you’ll be remembered the way you want to be remembered, and you’ll have provided a sense of calm and relief for your friends and family.

 

For Financial Stability

 

Funerals can be costly affairs (though they don’t have to be); many worry about leaving their families with financial burden. When you plan your funeral in advance, you can set a budget for exactly what you want, and pay for it yourself, so your family doesn’t have to worry about costs. You can then put away money to use to pay for the funeral; because you’re planning in advance, you’ll have more time to save up enough to get everything you want for your funeral, without having to dip into your savings.

 

Finding the Right Funeral Home

 

There’s really no time for “shopping around” when you have to suddenly arrange for someone’s funeral; people tend to feel pressured to make decisions right away when nothing has been planned in advance, and some people feel uncomfortable even thinking about costs when it comes to the sudden passing of their loved ones. When you plan in advance, you can find a funeral home that’s well suited to your needs, as well as items that suit your budget. Take time, discuss your wishes with various funeral directors, and find the one that you feel best appreciates your desires, needs and religious requirements.

 

At Alterna Cremation, we strive to be compassionate, caring, and attentive, while offering all the services you need to preplan your funeral. We’ll help you through the pre-planning process, and give you advice on how to talk to your loved ones about your desires. We have a number of services, including helping the bereaved write and publish a Winnipeg obituary, scattering services, and flower arrangements. We’ll make sure we plan every detail of the funeral out with you, to give you the peace of mind you need; we’ll do it at an affordable cost, so you don’t have to worry about the financial burden, or worry about your family having to pay it themselves. Funeral pre-planning might not be something everyone thinks about, but when you have it done, you’ll feel better about something you almost never thought about before.

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