Although it may seem a little morbid, it makes a lot of sense to plan your own funeral. Not only will it take the burden from your grieving loved ones, but it will also ensure that you have your wishes fulfilled.
If thinking about planning your funeral makes you feel overwhelmed, then the below blog will guide you every step of the way.
Burial Or Cremation?
A big decision to make is whether you want to be buried or cremated. It is likely that both your wishes and your budget will affect which one you choose, with burials being significantly more expensive than cremations.
If you start planning your funeral early enough and have a funeral life insurance plan in place, you should be able to afford whichever type of funeral you would like.
What To Do With Your Remains?
If cremation is your preference, then you need to choose either an urn to place your ashes in, such as this stunning hummingbird urn, or a special place for your ashes to be scattered. If you wish to be scattered, then you need to investigate your state’s laws about where you are allowed to spread ashes.
Alternatively, if you plan to be buried, then you need to decide where you want your casket to be placed. There are several different burial options, including natural burials, green burials, burial vaults, and lawn crypts.
Do You Want A Viewing?
Do you want your family to be able to have a final opportunity to see you before you are buried or cremated? If yes, then you need to decide where you would like your viewings to take place, such as at the funeral home, at your local church, or in your own home.
If you are not sure whether you want a viewing or not, then it can be a good idea to talk to your family and see how they feel.
How Are You Going To Pay For Your Funeral?
You don’t want your family to have the burden of paying for your funeral when they are grieving. Fortunately, there are several options available to you to you to help cover the costs, including:
- Life Insurance: If you are worried about the cost of your burial, then you can find burial insurances that are specifically designed to cover your final expenses.
- Start Saving: If you are good with money and you start planning your funeral early enough, then you should be able to cover any associated costs yourself.
- Funds From Your Estate: If you own your own home or have other investments, these can be used to pay for your funeral. However, it is worth noting that it can take several months to liquidate your estate, so your family may have to cover the initial costs of your funeral.
- Flowers or charitable donations
- Clothes for final resting
- Pallbearer suggestions
- The wake