Debunking Common Myths About Advance Funeral Planning
Today, an increasing number of adults are viewing advance funeral planning, sometimes referred to as “preplanning,” as a natural continuation of preparing their wills and estate plans. Still, there are many more who could benefit from the financial and emotional security that making final arrangements in advance provides.
For those who haven’t planned their final arrangements, some common myths might keep them from making these important plans. This article will examine some of the myths surrounding advance funeral planning, and clear up some common misconceptions.
Myth: It’s too hard to talk about.
The truth is, it’s harder on your family if you don’t talk about your wishes for your final arrangements. Designate a time to have this vital discussion. Open the conversation by telling your loved ones you want to make things easier for them in the future. Tell them you’ve made your final arrangements out of love for them, so they won’t have to when the time comes.
Myth: There’s no use talking about death now when it’s so far in the future.
Actually, it makes a big difference if you are having the conversation about your final arrangements when death is imminent. It’s a much harder conversation to have at that time. Bringing up the subject with your loved ones earlier in life makes the topic easier to discuss and keeps the focus on the celebration of life rather than an impending loss.
Myth: I don’t need to preplan my funeral because I’m financially secure.
The reasons to preplan are valid for everyone, no matter your financial status. Making your final arrangements in advance ensures your funeral will be conducted according to your wishes, eases the burden on loved ones during an already difficult time, helps loved ones avoid selecting unwanted merchandise or services, and locks in today’s prices should you choose to fund your prearrangement.
Myth: My family already knows if I prefer burial or cremation.
The choice between burial and cremation is only one part of a person’s final arrangements. You should also prearrange your funeral or memorial service to reflect the way you want to be remembered. Will it align with religious or ethnic customs? What music should be played? Are there special readings you would like included? Should the tone be somber, or celebratory? Answering these questions and others can help ensure that your final wishes are carried out.
Myth: I’ll be gone, so it doesn’t matter.
In truth, it does matter to your family, friends and loved ones who are left behind. Unless they know exactly what your wishes are for your final arrangements, the uncertainty can lead to arguments, disagreements or additional stress at what will be an already difficult time. Even if you don’t have strong opinions on what your funeral service should or should not include, making those choices and arrangements now will spare your family additional grief. And that will matter to them very much.
Myth: We already have our cemetery property.
Owning cemetery property only addresses your final resting place. Your final arrangements include much more than that, such as what kind of celebration, service or memorialization you want. A service planned in advance can include all elements of your final arrangements, including songs or readings that are important to you or the incorporation of your favorite hobby into a personalized funeral or memorial service.
Myth: It doesn’t make sense to plan now when we don’t know where we’ll be living in the future.
Actually, there’s no better time to plan than the present. When you use a Dignity Memorial® provider to prearrange your funeral or cremation service, you’ll enjoy the security of National Transferability of Prearranged Services. Should you move more than 75 miles from where your original arrangements were made, your prearranged funeral services are fully transferable and will be honored by any Dignity Memorial provider throughout North America.
Simply put, there’s no good reason NOT to plan your final arrangements in advance. Whether you want to ensure that your wishes for your final arrangements are carried out, or you want to protect your family from making difficult decisions at a time of loss, advance planning is a smart, responsible act that shows your loved ones how much you care.