What are the advantages of pre-planning?
When you make your funeral and burial arrangements in advance, you gain peace of mind. If you envision certain flowers, Scripture readings or music at your funeral service, you can make those choices now so your family doesn’t have to in a time of grief. If you choose to prepay for any services, you also ease the financial burden for surviving family later on.
Do I have to prepay for my funeral now?
No. Prepayment is not required when you plan funeral services in advance. But you should make sure to have life insurance or money set aside to cover expenses.
What if my family doesn’t want to talk about death or my personal plans?
Don’t be surprised if your family doesn’t want to talk about end of life issues and your wishes for your own funeral or burial. As an impartial family advocate, my job is to listen to your wishes, document your wishes, and make sure they are carried out when the time comes.
What is the best way to save money on a funeral?
Hire a funeral planner. A big part of my job is researching prices and negotiating costs and services of funeral homes and cemeteries in your area. I serve as both a family advocate and an event planner, and I can show you side-by-side comparisons of available service options, providers and prices.
What if my family disagrees with my wishes after I am gone?
Legally, your survivors are generally not obligated to honor all of your end-of-life wishes. However, in my experience, my clients have been very respectful of any requests or wishes made by their loved one before death.