It is wise, practical and sensible to plan ahead your funeral arrangements for many good reasons, and so, here is a comparison between “at-need” funeral arrangements vs. pre-need funeral planning.
“At-need” funeral arrangements are at the time of death funeral preparations arranged by surviving family members or by a trusted friend on behalf of the deceased. There are disadvantages of “at-need” funeral arrangements, and these are: the time frame is short and emotions are high as survivors are dealing with their grief and there is much planning to do, as well as looming financial concerns, where funeral services can be expensive and which can be a considerable hardship for most families.
Usually, a pre-need funeral plan is secured ahead by the person concerned for future preparation, which will benefit him/her and his/her surviving family. Aside from funeral homes, cemeteries, and funeral service companies, websites that specialize in pre-plan funeral services are also available and complete with guides, planning worksheets and interactive tools.
There are practical benefits if one avails of pre-need funeral plans ahead of time.
Availing of a pre-plan funeral service can help ease the burden of the surviving family, not just in terms of the financial costs, but more so with how the principal holder of the plan wants his/her funeral service be carried out, such as: will he/she want to be buried or cremated, will it be an open or closed casket, and which cemetery or crematory.
All financial responsibilities will be assumed when you avail of pre-need funeral policies, as well as having funeral insurance or funeral trusts.
Having a meaningful funeral complete with a fitting ceremony and a proper send off can be provided for by a pre-need funeral plan, but most of all, when the funeral is well taken care of, there is a sense of closure which can enable the family to begin the healing process.
If you want specific instructions for the deposition of your remains and the nature of your funeral services, you can express that in your funeral plan, such that you may have a preference for a burial or cremation or what epitaph to write on your headstone or what music or readings during the funeral service, all these can be done with in your pre-need funeral plan.
Taking charge and planning ahead for your funeral arrangements is a comforting thing to do to ease the burden of your family, and in return, your family will truly appreciate what you have done for them when you are gone.
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