After you pass away, your loved ones will be devastated. In those moments, there couldn’t be a worse time for your family members to be planning the funeral. There are advantages that come along with planning ahead of time. Imagine planning a last-minute surprise party or wedding, you’d be stressed beyond belief. When your friends and family are grieving, they shouldn’t need to feel additional pressure—it will cause them to feel overwhelmed. There are five wise reasons why you should consider pre-planning your funeral.
1. Arrange your cremation in advance.
When you hire a cremation company in advance, the people you love most in life won’t be forced to handle the arrangements. Losing you will be hard enough—you likely don’t want them to suffer any more than they already are.
Heritage Cremation Provider is available 24 hours a day and seven days per week. Their employees are trained to handle all the necessary arrangements for your cremation services and memorial service. Being independent and family-owned, their cremation company strives to dedicate their time to console your loved ones amid difficult times.
2. Therapy eases fears of dying.
Being afraid of death isn’t rare. In fact, it’s one of the most common fears in all of mankind. Before you begin the process of pre-planning your own funeral, you might consider seeing a therapist that can help ease your fears of dying. WithTherapy is an online service that matches you to a therapist, a therapist specializing in your mental health needs.
Rather than viewing a list of therapists, their company uses a matchmaking scientific formula. This formula produces a list of therapists who are in your area and share the same availability. Their service also takes your preferences into account; are you looking for a therapist of a certain race, gender, or sexual orientation?
This advanced technology assures you won’t end up playing the ‘trial and error’ game—you won’t have to switch therapists over and over until you meet the right one for you. You’ll be matched to one virtually. Whether you choose someone who practices psychotherapy or cognitive behavioral therapy, you will notice your fears of death begin to diminish with each session. Therapists are there for you during your time of need.
3. The costs will already be covered.
Funerals are costly and every year the prices are rising. Preplanning your funeral and saving enough money for your last wishes will guarantee you’re able to afford and pay for your funeral services in advance, at today’s prices. Even caskets and burial services at the cemetery are going up in price. Last year, they were less expensive than now.
Not everyone knows that funerals must be paid for upfront. You might think your life insurance policy will cover the expenses, but in reality, your heirs won’t be able to access the money until well after your funeral. Paying in advance will avoid conflict between your loved ones. They won’t be arguing over who is paying for this, and who is paying for that.
4. You aren’t leaving your family with decisions.
In the first 24-48 hours after a person passes away, upwards of 150 decisions and tasks must be decided upon and completed. Your family will still be in shock when it comes time for them to make funeral arrangements.
If you leave them flailing in the wind, unable to efficiently make appropriate decisions, you will unintentionally throw them into more emotional turmoil. We know that isn’t your goal. You are doing them a favor by completing all of the urgent tasks and decisions now.
5. Your final wishes won’t be altered.
Not everyone found the time to draw up a will with an attorney. One part of a will is your final wishes. Without one, you’re leaving your funeral in the hands of your family members. Your family may be fully aware of your wishes and decide to arrange your funeral differently anyway.
Maybe you want to be cremated—everyone you are close with knows this about you. You want your cremation ashes scattered along the bridge where you fell in love with your spouse. But your family wants a service in a funeral home because they believe it will honor the beautiful life you had. If you don’t pre-plan, your final wishes can be altered after your death. It’s in your best interest to take care of everything now.