It happens all too often. A family member dies, unexpectedly or not, and close kin go into vapor lock.
“No one remembers those three or four days,” said Calvary Caretaker Terry Miller. “They’re all in a daze, trying to figure out what dad or grandma would have wanted. Then weeks later they start to have regrets and do the second guessing.”
There are so many reasons to preplan funerals and burials, and really no good reason for putting it off, said Terry.
The advantages are clear:
- No family turmoil or second guessing
- Expenses are preplanned or even prepaid
- Grieving family members are free to grieve instead of bicker
- No hasty decisions to be regretted later
- No wondering what the departed would have really wanted
- Less cost — funeral homes often offer discounts for pre-planned funerals
- Less cost — cemetery lots are real estate; cost only goes up, not down
- Loved ones remember the departed, not the anxiety of quick decisions
- You (the departed) get want you want
While death can be an uncomfortable subject for many people, it’s eventually unavoidable. It can be made less painful with planning and forethought.
There are so many big and little decisions that need to be made, from cremation to full internment. It’s easy for the family to either make hasty decisions or
“And then there’s the monument,” said Terry. “If that’s not decided ahead of time, family members are scratching their heads, trying to decide on an upright headstone or a flush stone…let alone what to have engraved on it.”
Preplanning your funeral and burial is a caring and responsible act.