Advance Funeral Planning as a Mitzvah

Planning ahead for your own funeral can sound a little strange or even upsetting. However, it is a mitzvah for your family to know exactly what type of funeral you want.

Planning your own service in advance protects your loved ones from having to make these decisions for you in an emotionally stressful time, and it gives you the peace of mind of knowing that your wishes have been communicated. Whether you would like a traditional Jewish funeral or a more personal memorial with simple or extravagant details, Dignity Memorial® professionals will walk you through the process and make sure your service honors your customs and traditions. 

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What is a mitzvah?

The word mitzvah has a number of interpretations or translations. The strict translation is a commandment. However, in the larger sense, a mitzvah is a good deed you perform through conscious acts of empathy and kindness for someone else, a charitable act or gift. Sitting down with a funeral provider and planning what type of remembrance you want to have serves as a mitzvah, as you give the gift of reassurance to yourself and your family.

Advance funeral planning as a mitzvah

There are several ways to treat funeral planning as a mitzvah. For starters, it’s important to consider how you want to honor Jewish funeral traditions. Is there a particular synagogue where you'd like to hold your service? Do you prefer a traditional burial with a tahara, the ritual washing of the body? Are there any areas where you want to add personal touches? Outlining your preferences in advance is important for ensuring your wishes are honored.

By planning in advance, you are able to include specific things that are important to you. Maybe you want a specific person to give your eulogy or charitable gifts to go to a favorite organization you’ve supported throughout your life. These details, small or elaborate, can make your funeral an event that is unique to your preferences.

Finally, advance funeral planning can take the financial burden off your family. With planning, you can pay in advance to lock in today’s prices on many items. This is an incredible gift to loved ones, who will be able to grieve and focus on honoring your life, rather than getting lost in the details of funeral planning.

Planning ahead for a Jewish funeral

When planning a Jewish funeral, it’s helpful to work with a provider who understands Jewish funeral arrangements. Dignity Memorial providers specialize in honoring your Jewish faith as well as the way you live your life. With vast knowledge of Jewish customs, traditions and burial rites, we are experienced in providing the Jewish funeral services that are important to you and your family.

Dignity Memorial professionals can assist you in planning your service, whether you want to adhere strictly to every custom or add personal touches to your funeral. We view funeral planning as a mitzvah and can guide you through the important decisions that will take the pressure off your family. Get in touch with us today to learn how we can help you plan ahead.