Why Should I Pre-Plan My Funeral?

By: Kate Nypaver
Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Pre-planning funerals is growing more and more popular as baby boomers retire. It’s a good time to tie up loose ends, get some finances in order, and settle into relaxation. Setting future funeral arrangements is always beneficial and provides a great way to get ahead.

Financially, the benefits are huge. If you pay in advance, your family won’t need to worry about money when making your arrangements. They won’t have to think about price limits, or how much or how little to spend.

You’ll also have the opportunity to get exactly what you want. From disposition to merchandise to type of service, the choice would be yours. This in particular is beneficial if family members have a history of disagreeing with each other. Why complicate things further?

Because the decisions would already be made, when the time comes, your family wouldn’t have to stress over making arrangements and instead could use the time to process their grief. Typically, funeral arrangements need to be made in the first 24 hours after death, which is often very tasking for people after they’ve experienced a loss. With a pre-arranged funeral, no one needs to worry.

Lastly, after making arrangements, you won’t have to worry about it ever again. The main reason people are hesitant to make pre-arrangements is because they’re reluctant to admit that death is inevitable. Making funeral plans really solidifies the fact, but it’s only momentary. In a week, you won’t even think about it.

So start the conversation. People always say, “I’m glad that’s taken care of.” And their families are always relieved that plans have already been made.

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