It’s Never Too Early to Plan Your Funeral

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Have you thought about your own funeral lately?

If you said no, you’re not alone. For some, it’s a subject that’s too unpleasant to consider. And for many, it simply isn’t a priority. Deep down, we may know and accept that death is a fact of life and that everyone will require final arrangements someday, but that day still feels so far away.

But people should think about their funeral. No matter your age or health, it’s never too early to think about what will happen, and how your passing will affect your family. There are some very good reasons why it’s wise to preplan your final arrangements, no matter how many years away your funeral is.

Preplanning helps your loved ones grieve.

Without a plan in place, there are more than 100 tasks to take care of and decisions to make in the first few days after a loved one passes. A preplanned and prepaid funeral is a wonderful gift for your loved ones because it eliminates much of this burden, as well as the financial stress. This allows them more time and energy to be with the people they love and grieve in a healthy way.

We’ve helped countless families over the decades plan their final arrangements while dealing with their loss. While we do everything we can to alleviate every burden possible, grief can make everyday tasks feel so much harder. We also witness families second guess what they think their loved one would have wanted, and sometimes, especially in blended families, this can lead to conflict and disagreement. Preplanning ensures your family knows exactly what you wanted and how to proceed with your final wishes.

Preplanning saves money.

Preplanning allows you the time to consider your options and create a plan that fits your budget. Prepaying for your funeral not only saves your family from having to take on the expenses during an already difficult time, but it also saves you money today. Instead of paying higher prices that inflation incurs in five, ten, twenty years, you are guaranteed to only pay current prices. Prepaying locks in almost all of your funeral expenses at today’s costs, so the earlier you prepay, the more you will save overall.

Preplanning will make your wishes known.

A popular reason to preplan your funeral or memorial services is so that your wishes will be honored. But what are your wishes? Do you want a religious service? A viewing? To be buried or cremated? What kind of casket or urn do you want? Some of these questions are easier than others. You probably have a general idea about what you want, but few people consider the multitude of details. As much as we want to believe that our loved ones will instinctively know what we would have wanted, once you begin working through a preplanning checklist, you realize quickly just how many questions they may not be able to answer. Many people also find that preplanning gave them the chance to consider options they never knew they had before.

Whether you’re considering a pre-cremation plan or a funeral plan, our advance planners will guide you through every step. We answer all your questions and carefully explain all of your options.

Preplanning gives you peace of mind.

Nobody likes to think about their own death, but the discomfort of thinking through a funeral is greatly outweighed by the feeling of relief that follows. Once you have a funeral plan or a cremation plan in writing and paid for, you don’t have to think about it anymore. This is another reason why it pays not to put it off—the sooner you do it, the more time you’ll have with the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you’ve gifted your family peace of mind, too.

We all know that one day, we will die. But none of us know exactly when that will be. Our family-run funeral home has been serving the Webster and Rochester, New York community for over 60 years, and have seen the difference in families who’s loved one preplanned their funeral and those who shouldered the responsibility while experiencing loss.

We’re happy to answer any questions you have about our preplanning services. You’re welcome to come meet us, tour our space and learn about your preplanning options. Or, call us at (585) 244-0770 in Rochester or (585) 872-6380 in Webster. We’re always available.