Why Pre-Plan Your Funeral?

A Typical Funeral

What does a typical funeral, memorial, or celebration of life service look like?  These days, there is no such thing as a typical service.  There is no right or wrong way to have a service.  It really comes down to what you want.  What you need to know is that there are many options to services.

As baby boomers age and find themselves having to plan funerals for loved ones and themselves, they are making funeral choices based on values that are different than previous generations. Baby boomers see funerals as a valuable part of the grieving process and are seeking ways to make them meaningful. –NFDA

Why Plan

By planning your service in advance you can specify the exact type of service you would like. Preplanning allows your friends and family to celebrate you, as you wish. Letting your family know how you’d like your funeral or memorial service to be, they will have fewer decisions to make during the difficult time that is ahead.

To help relieve their families, an increasing number of people are planning their own funerals, designating their funeral preferences, and sometimes paying for them in advance. They see funeral planning as an extension of will and estate planning. – FTC

You Have Options

Here is a small list of options to help you decide on the type of service you want to have:

  • A funeral service, followed by burial or cremation.
  • A funeral service, followed by a graveside service or a service at the crematory, followed by burial or cremation.
  • Only a graveside service or a service at the crematory, followed by burial or cremation.
  • Privately see loved one for the last time
  • A basic, simple cremation with no services
  • A memorial service after the burial or cremation.
  • A funeral service at home.
  • A viewing before the funeral.
  • A wake before the funeral.
  • A visitation before the funeral.
  • A reception or gathering after the funeral or memorial service.
  • Observe religious and ethnic practices.

For additional details or service options, contact us.  Understand your options before talking to your local funeral home or service provider.

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