The Need for Pre-Plan Funeral Services

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. Making such plans at the time of death are particularly difficult for many reasons: 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 imminent financial concerns, which can be a considerable hardship for most families.

A person, who secures a pre-need funeral plan, is still living and planning ahead for practical reasons that will not only benefit him/her but also 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.

Planning anything ahead is considered good planning and this applies to pre-need funeral plans, so, here the practical benefits that can be derived from it.

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.

Because there is always a financial need in funerals, planning ahead in applying for pre-need funeral plans, funeral insurance, funeral trusts, will help in assuming your financial responsibility at the time of your death.

With a pre-need funeral plan, you can give your family the benefit of a meaningful funeral with a fitting ceremony, a proper send off, and most of all, it provides a psychological sense of closure which can enable the family to begin the healing process.

Specific instructions or preferences , such as a burial or cremation or what epitaph to write on your headstone or what music or readings during the funeral service, are part of the components of a pre-need funeral plan of which a principal holder is entitled and which are integrated in the deposition of principal holder’s remains and the nature of the funeral service.

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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