If you’re like most people, you probably haven’t given much thought to your funeral preparation. And this is completely normal- particularly if you’re young and healthy.
However, more and more people are choosing to plan their funerals, making it easier on loved ones after they’re gone and making sure that they can spend time looking after themselves instead of having to make lots of decisions about how the funeral should go.
Here are some tips for planning your funeral:
Organise the Service
Often the service can be the hardest part of funeral planning, especially for your loved ones. It can actually be quite nice to decide how you want your service to look, and you can make decisions based on your religion, burial preferences, the music you like, and even the words you would like to say.
In fact, this can be the best part of planning your funeral. Sure, it may feel slightly morbid, but it can be hard to take the time to tell our loved ones exactly how we feel when we’re alive. Having a chance to leave them with your last thoughts about life, your wishes and hopes and dreams for them, and giving them a sense of closure from you is truly a priceless gift.
Choose the Memorial Stone
Buying a memorial stone may seem like a premature purchase, but getting this out of the way can save your family quite a bit of money before your will and estate has been taken care of. You also then get the opportunity to choose something that you feel really represents you, and you can even leave a nice message for your family so they can think of you every time they visit.
Memorial stones have come a long way, and now come in a variety of different styles, colours and materials. It can also be a nice idea to take a loved one with you and get a second opinion on your choice.
Sort the Flowers
Flowers can be a huge expense, and most family members like to have a lot of them at funerals. This is why it can be a good idea to at least write down your preferences, or contact a local florist and see if you can organise a payment plan to get them all taken care of.
Organise the Food
After a funeral, most people like to spend some time with family and friends talking about their loved one’s life, telling funny stories and maybe having a few drinks. However this also means that your family or friends will need to organise a place for this to happen, plus any food or drinks.
These days you’ll find that you can also often pre-pay for your catering, meaning your family won’t need to do this, or you can even leave your wishes for this in your will so you can cut down on the decisions that they need to make.