Benefits of Planning Your Funeral While You’re Still Alive

By: Myles O'Riordan
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

In one sense, there is never really a “good time” for planning a funeral, especially when the funeral is your own. However, the other side of the coin is that there are worse times to plan a funeral. When you have some time available, you may want to stop, take stock, and speak your loved ones and some professionals to get some advice and come up with a plan for the day when you pass on. There are a lot of good reasons to do this, but here are the most important.

You Spare Others The Burden

One of the worst times to plan a funeral is when it is for someone you love and that loss has just happened. This is a highly emotion period full of pain, confusion and for some, may be the single greatest moment of suffering they have ever encountered. Now, on top of the mountain of grief they must negotiate, comes the administrative aspects of organising a funeral, considerations of cremation versus burial, and payment of services.

This is the worst possible time for all of these organisational and financial considerations. By not planning your funeral in advance, you have made it an unavoidable obligation for those you leave behind. Planning your funeral ahead of time means that when your loved ones must deal with their grief, that’s all they have to deal with.

You Have Control

Cremation or burial? Do you want a standard coffin? Is there a cemetery you would like to be buried in, a gravestone you would like to have, a message you want to see inscribed, or a particular place you’d like to have your ashes scattered?
If you don’t plan your funeral, you don’t have a say in any of these matters; others will have to make the decisions for you. If you’re the kind of person that prefers to have things done your way, then planning your funeral in advance is a necessity. By setting aside the time, and consulting experienced professionals in your area, you’ll get a feel for what options are both practical and affordable for your location and circumstance. You can make all the provisions and conditions you want, and even ensure some kind of payment structure is in place when you pass on.

Take the time to make these decisions and, if you like, make them a part of your will for added legal legitimacy. If you’d like to know more about funeral planning and options, and live in Port Perry, Ontario, contact us at Wagg Funeral Home. We have the both the funeral and legal experience to professionally, compassionately guide you through this process and ensure your wishes are recorded and respected.

 

Leave a comment
Name*:
Email:
Comment*:
Please enter the numbers and letters you see in the image.

Comments

Please wait

Previous Posts

Remembering the Departed at Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time that you spend with family and friends. But it can be extremely difficult to get through the day, if you are reeling under the sorrow of losing a loved one. If you are mourni...

Should I Pre-Pay for My Funeral?

Most people aren’t comfortable when talking about death and prefer to keep these thoughts at bay. However, there is a slow and steady trend of pre-planning and pre-paying for funerals. We do receiv...

Qualities to Look for In a Good Funeral Home

It isn’t easy to deal with the demise of a loved one, especially when you are the next of kin. While it’s painful enough to come to terms with the grief, it’s even more difficult to go through the ...

Finding a Good Estate Planning Lawyer or Financial Advisor

It’s always a good idea to get your estate and finances in order, especially if you’re terminally ill or elderly. Estate planning doesn’t just help family members or ensure there are little to no d...

Ideas for Memorializing Your Loved One after the Service

Whenever a loved one passes away, you want to keep something that belonged to them, in honor of their memory. Many choose photographs, paintings or videos while others choose something unique and s...

What To Discuss During the Funeral Arrangement Meeting

Arranging a funeral can be a difficult task. At Wagg Funeral Home, it is our goal to provide you with simple solutions to make this difficult time as stress-free as possible. Here are a few po...

What is Direct Cremation Disposition?

Direct cremation disposition is an option in which the body is cremated quickly after the death. There is usually no funeral service held before the cremation. It is one of the most affordable fune...

Helping Yourself Heal From Loss

Loss affects everyone differently and while others can sympathize, they can’t really understand how it impacts you. Healing is a personal journey that involves effort, commitment, and space. At Wag...

Common Misconceptions about Pre-Planning Your Funeral

Most modern funeral homes provide pre-planning options where an individual can plan and make arrangements for the funeral well before their demise. This is often a part of the end-of-life preparati...

A Complete Understanding of Funeral Pricing

Funerals can be expensive affairs, especially if you choose to make some personal additions to the service. Most people are unaware of what funeral pricing includes and end up paying more than they...