How Can You Benefit From Cremation Pre-Planning?

By: Alterna Cremation
Monday, June 28, 2021

There’s no getting around it: it’s tough to talk about the end of your life. Many Canadians avoid pre-planning their funerals because it can be uncomfortable to discuss your arrangements with friends and family. 

No one wants to think about losing someone they love, but making arrangements before you pass on can save your family time, money, and emotional hardship.

Pre-planning your cremation poses the following benefits:


It Saves Money

Did you know that planning your funeral earlier in life can save you on rising costs? Over time, inflation increases the price of memorial services like cremation. The cost of a funeral increases each year. Purchasing and planning your service at an earlier date will lock in your rate and protect you from these increases.

Covering this cost yourself shields your family from having to pay bills during a difficult time. Planning your cremation service ahead of time allows you to make financial decisions when you’re in a rational and calm state of mind.

Your memorial service will only happen once. If you don’t have the money to cover the costs before your death, you might have to compromise on what you want. Planning things ahead of time gives you a clearer idea of what the expenses will be. Better yet, you’ll have the time to save up for them.


Pre-Planning Will Make Things Easier for Your Family

When you make a last-minute decision, things don’t always turn out how you envisioned them to. With something as delicate as cremation services, you don’t want to leave it until it’s too late.

Once you start pre-planning your service, you might be surprised at how many decisions you need to make. Now imagine being in someone else’s shoes. Not only have you just lost someone dear to you, but as you’re trying to deal with your grief, you need to plan a cremation service. 

Pre-planning does more than relieve a financial burden on your loved ones—it also saves them from needing to organize a cremation service when they’re dealing with loss. 


You Can Plan a Service that You Want

It’s difficult to make personal decisions on someone else’s behalf. For example, consider if you were planning someone’s memorial. You’d have to choose whether to have a religious or non-traditional funeral. If you aren’t familiar with the religious beliefs of the person who passed, you might feel uncomfortable making this decision. 

Perhaps you want to share a poem that’s significant to you or write a letter that speaks to the important people in your life. Small details like these can be a thoughtful and heartwarming way to say goodbye to your loved ones.

While it might be tough to make these choices in the moment, think of how it will benefit your loved ones later on. Your family will be touched by thoughtful details like the music, urn, or venue that you choose. If you’re looking for a planner that helps you arrange your service, take a look at this checklist by Everplans.


When you pre-plan your direct cremation in Winnipeg, you can take the pressure, stress, and cost away from your friends and family members. Instead of making difficult decisions, they can rest assured knowing that your service has already been planned. Contact Alterna today to discuss arrangements for your cremation.


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