Cremation & Estate Planning: Ensuring Your Wishes Are Honoured

By: Alterna Cremation
Wednesday, October 11, 2023

It's common to avoid or put off dedicating time to the planning of end-of-life wishes. But, in truth, the process can be deeply meaningful and offer unexpected peace of mind when approached with care and intention. Establishing a clear, personal end-of-life vision is a concrete way to proactively alleviate future burdens for your loved ones while also ensuring that your own wishes are honoured.

At Alterna Cremation, we strongly encourage individuals to set aside time for comprehensive end-of-life planning that encompasses financial, health, and funeral or memorial service decisions. Below, we’ve offered a brief overview that can help you begin to navigate the process:

What Is Estate Planning?

Estate planning is a broad term that refers to the process of making a plan for how your estate (finances, belongings, and assets) will be handled at the end of your life and after you pass. It includes preparing legal documents such as wills, trusts, advance directives, and powers of attorney but can also more broadly involve information about your wishes for end-of-life processes, funeral arrangements, and more.

Why Is Pre-Planning Important?

End-of-life planning is a personal process that can offer many benefits. Some or all of the following may resonate with you:

  • Making your own end-of-life arrangements can relieve your loved ones and family members of the burden of making tough decisions for you.
  • Pre-planning can offer savings and help alleviate future financial burdens for you and your loved ones.
  • End-of-life planning can allow you to gain autonomy and ensure that your wishes are honoured.
  • Putting affairs in order can provide significant peace of mind.

The Planning Process

Feeling ready to make end-of-life plans but not knowing where to begin is a common experience. At Alterna Cremation, we recommend taking the following steps:

  • Educate Yourself - End-of-life options are almost endless, so explore them carefully to discover which ones will be the best fit for you.
  • Consider Your Specific Needs - This includes elements such as budget, location, and any religious or cultural traditions that may be important to you.
  • Create Your Plan - Make concrete arrangements and clearly document your final wishes.

Communicating Your Wishes

Sharing your final arrangements with others may feel daunting, but your wishes are most likely to be honoured when you communicate them clearly. Consider setting aside time to have conversations and share documents with close friends and family. Though they may not agree with all of your plans, the simple act of discussing your end-of-life wishes together can be a loving and enlightening experience.

At Alterna Cremation, our direct Winnipeg cremation services offer a simple and dignified alternative to more traditional funeral services. Contact us directly today for more information about how we can support your end-of-life planning process.

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