Reasons Family Consider Planning Ahead Final Wishes
Most people know that it’s important to plan ahead for retirement, weddings, education expenses, and purchasing a home…but not many people think about planning ahead funeral and cemetery decisions. For every other milestone in life, we will likely have the support of our closest loved ones every step of the way, and funeral and cemetery decisions should be no different. Unless planned in advance, someone must face the difficult task of making arrangements without the assistance of the one who has passed, all while experiencing intense pain and grief. Often these decisions fall on a spouse or partner left behind, however many times they fall on adult children making it even more difficult.
Creating a funeral and cemetery plan is a simple process that creates peace of mind for all those we care about. People choose to plan ahead final wishes for a variety of reasons. You may wish to protect your loved ones from having to make difficult decisions alone, you may want to help your family save money, you may have specific preferences that you wish carried out such as type of arrangements casket or cremation, type of memorial service or celebration of life, and the cemetery you wish to be placed in.
Below are the three main reasons people choose to plan ahead for final wishes:
Family is the number one reason people plan funerals in advance. Without a plan, loved ones are left in the dark, having to make difficult decisions at an emotionally painful time. When you plan ahead, be sure to make your preferences clear about whether you want cremation or burial, and how you want your life to be celebrated.
Savings is the second reason. A plan reduces “emotional overspending” that often occurs when families are under stress. A simple yet thoughtful plan can save loved ones hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
No one knows what the future holds, but we do know one thing: none of us are promised tomorrow. The future may be uncertain, but we can do something today that will make a difference in the lives of our loved ones. Planning ahead is easy, and it’s free. Puritan Lawn Memorial Park has been a trusted provider of plan-ahead funeral and cemetery information since 1933. Schedule a free, no-obligation appointment with a family service counselor.