May 22

5 Reasons to Plan Your Own Funeral

Our own death isn’t something that any of us like to think about. If we do give it any thought at all, it’s in a very distant and vague way. But, unfortunately, death is one of the few parts of life that we can’t avoid. It’s coming for us all, sooner or later, and it’s very hard to predict when it might happen. Because we don’t think about it, we don’t plan, and we don’t talk about it. We certainly don’t put any consideration into our funeral and what we might want. But that can be a mistake. Planning your own funeral can be a good idea, with lots of advantages. Even if these plans don’t need to be put into action for a very long time to come.

It Makes Things Easier for Your Family

Your death will be a significant loss to many people. Your friends and family will be grieving. They’ll be upset, tired and stressed out. They might have questions, and they could find it hard to come to terms with what has happened. More so if your death has come suddenly. The last thing they need is to be planning a funeral and racking their brains to see if you have ever mentioned any of your wishes. Because we don’t talk about death, it’s hard to know what people would want.

Planning your funeral for yourself makes things much easier for your family. They might still have to finalize arrangements, but they’ll have your plans to help them. It can help to ease their stress and give them a chance to focus on their emotions.

Gives You Time to Save

Funerals can be costly. It’s a tremendous financial pressure on those that you leave behind. Many people start to save for their funeral as they start getting older, to ease this strain. But, if you don’t know what kind of funeral you want, it’s hard to know how much you need to save. Start planning, you’ll know how much it’s all going to cost, and you’ll have longer to save for it.

Means That You Get What You Want

Planning a funeral is hard. It’s not as simple as picking a coffin and deciding whether to bury or cremate. There are loads of options and plenty to think about. Planning yourself means that you’ll get precisely what you want. Pick kerbed headstones, look for the right songs and prayers and even think about what you’d like to wear.

It Can be a Comfort

When family members plan funerals, they desperately want to give their loved one what they would have wanted. But it’s so hard to know. They might worry that they’ve let you down or not done enough. Planning it yourself can be a considerable comfort to your friends and family who will always know that you’ve had the send-off that you’d have wanted.

It Gives Other People the Chance to Plan

Planning your funeral can give your loved ones the chance to start planning their own. They’ll know where you will be, and they can make their own arrangements to match.