To the Editor:
What major events and achievements in your life will help distinguish who you are and what’s important to you? Events such as childbirth, graduation, marriage, buying a house and retirement are moments that bring families together to celebrate those significant accomplishments that required detailed planning and financial commitment.
What about funerals? Where and how does your funeral fit into the list of your life’s milestones?
Many people are hesitant to include funerals when discussing other important life moments because talking openly and honestly about death may be considered taboo by some. As a result, too many family members and friends die unprepared, leaving their loved ones with an emotional and economic burden.
People spend a year, on average, planning and saving for their wedding day. They take time to really think about the specifics – what kind of clothes they want to wear, what kind of entertainment, who should be in their wedding party, which flowers should they have, where the ceremony should take place and, of course, how should they pay for it all. A funeral should be treated the same way.
Some take the step of creating a will, which is a good way to plan for their belongings, but a funeral service is so much more than distribution of property. It’s a reflection of a person’s legacy and an opportunity for bereaved friends and family to come together to begin the healing process. By taking the time to prearrange all the details of your funeral, you can ensure that it will be an event that will represent your life and beliefs.
In addition to preplanning, many families choose to “prefund” their funeral. Pre-funding offers you a heartfelt peace knowing your wishes will be executed as planned and that your family has been relieved of the financial burden. Prefunding your final wishes generally ensures that your funeral is completely paid for at today’s prices. By prefunding, your family isn’t left to decide – by whom or how will the funeral be paid for?
The immediate benefit of preplanning is the peace of mind that comes with being prepared for the unplanned. Preplanning your funeral is one of the smartest investments for your family that they’ll always remember. Take full control of your funeral because you’re never too young or too old to preplan a milestone in your life.
Chris O’Malley and John Krumm
Yurs Funeral Home