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We may not want to talk about it, but death is inevitable. And planning for an eventuality is just wise. That’s why we purchase home and auto insurance, we carry life insurance and we save for retirement and our children’s education. It's the same when it comes to prearranging your funeral.
When you prearrange your funeral, you establish a framework and guidelines in writing, that your family will be able to follow when they sit down to plan your service. Of course this will still be a very difficult and an emotionally charged time, but at least your loved ones won't have to second guess the decisions they make.
Think about all the time and energy that goes into planning a beautiful wedding. Think about all the stress and all the decisions that go into making the day just right. That’s essentially what we here at Springfield Funeral Home help grieving families do. Yes, the occasion is certainly more solemn, yet its significance is no less deserving. There really is only one chance to get it right and unfortunately time usually constrains the planning and completion to on average about 5-7 days to get it all done.
To take this wedding analogy one step further, imagine having to do all that planning without the bride to guide your decisions. If you don’t plan ahead and don’t discuss your final wishes with your family, there is no way for your family to know what you would have wanted. This will put additional pressure of trying to figure out all the details to an already difficult and highly emotional situation.
The other huge benefit of prearranging is controlling the funeral costs. This is actually the best way to save money on your funeral. Like everything else, funeral expenses increase with time and inflation. If you pre-plan your funeral and pay for it in advance, many of those costs are guaranteed by the funeral home. If you think you’ll live for another 10 years, it’s a smart financial decision to pre-plan and pre-pay just for the simple fact that funeral expenses will likely double in that time frame. And of course when you pre-plan and pre-pay, you eliminate the financial burden to your family when the time comes.
Even if you don’t pre-plan, talking about your wishes while you are alive is extremely important. The funeral is the last thing that your family members will do “for you” and that fact alone puts on a great deal of pressure that just adds to the pain and emotional turmoil of losing a loved one. Please understand your family has only one opportunity to get it right, sharing your thoughts and wishes with them will help when the time comes.
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