Planning Your Own Funeral? What To Include In The Planning

If you're making changes to your estate plan, don't forget about your funeral. Many people leave the funeral planning to their loved ones, but that's not the best plan. First, your loved ones might not be in any condition to plan your funeral, especially while they're grieving. Second, your loved ones might not have the funds to pay for your funeral, especially if you pass away unexpectedly. Finally, your loved ones might not know what you want for your funeral, especially if you've never discussed your wishes with them. That's where advanced funeral planning comes into the picture. Advanced funeral planning lets you make all the arrangements for yourself. If you're not sure how to plan your own funeral, read the information below. Here are three steps to help you through the process. 

Plan for Organ Donation

Now that you're making advanced plans for your funeral, don't forget about organ donation. Your loved ones need to know if you're an organ donor. Include this information in your funeral plans. You let everyone know where you stand. That way, when your loved ones are asked to give their consent, they'll know what your wishes were. That will allow them to make an informed decision about organ donation. 

Burial or Cremation

If you're making arrangements for your own funeral, you need to decide between burial or cremation. This decision is a personal one, but you might want to discuss the options with your loved ones. They might have a preference of their own. For instance, burial gives your loved one's a special place to come and pay their respects. Cremation allows your loved ones to keep your remains with them. There's also the issue of cost. Most cremations are less expensive than a traditional burial. 

Plan the Services

When it comes to making your own funeral arrangements, it's important that you plan for the services. This section of the planning allows you to personalise your plans. There issues to consider include viewings, funeral services and the wake. Your family needs to know if you want to have a viewing where friends and family can come to view the body. They'll also need to know if you want to have a formal funeral or if you'd prefer to have a less-formal memorial service. Finally, you can decide if you'd like to have a wake following the funeral. That way, friends and family can gather together in a relaxed setting after the funeral.

For more information on funeral planning solutions, contact a professional near you.