The death of a loved one brings about sorrow and loneliness. Besides these, you are burdened with the responsibility of executing the funeral service when you are already so stressed and bereaved. Planning your funeral in advance saves the family from this daunting task of making elaborate last-minute arrangements which need meticulous planning and preparation. You need to follow too many steps to plan a funeral. We list below a few steps on how to pre-plan a funeral.
Make a will – It is essential to prepare a will stating the names of the lawful owners of your properties and other assets. The absence of a will may cause dispute among the family members regarding the possession and distribution of assets and properties. This may lead to a court case where the judge will decide on who gets what share from the dead person’s property value. A will is also vital because it names an executor, the guardians for children, and pardons previous debts, and more.
Decide beneficiaries – It is important to entitle the person of your choice to be the beneficiary of all your banking transactions, shares, life insurance policies, fund transfers, etc. Banks also give the facility to the account holders to add POD (payable on death) agreements to their bank savings. The agreement makes it easy to transfer the account, funds, savings bond, and deposit certificates directly to the beneficiary.
Choose a funeral home – You can plan your funeral in advance by hiring the services of a funeral home that would guide and assist you in making the necessary arrangements stepwise. It’s your choice whether you want to get a dead body freezer box on rent or not. It depends on you whether you want the dead body to be buried or cremated. In case of a burial, you can decide if you want an in-ground or above-ground burial. You can decide on the number of guests, type of casket you would want, if you require dead body freezer box service or if your dead body would need embalming or not.
Cemetery arrangements – A funeral home can provide you information on the cemeteries according to your religion, location, and if there is vacant land plot available for you and your kith and kin. Once the cemetery is decided, you can visit it to check if the grounds are well-maintained and look into the plot you think of buying.
Decide on services – You can plan your funeral service in advance by deciding on who would be the pallbearers or choosing a location for the funeral or memorial service. It could also be that you want a funeral service at your home. You may choose a funeral hymn or song and decide on who would be reading out eulogies at your funeral service.
The above steps on how to pre-arrange a funeral go without saying that pre-planning funeral services have many advantages. It relieves a burden off the shoulders of the surviving members of the family, relatives, and friends.