A burial arrangements checklist can help immensely when planning your own funeral. By planning your own funeral you will also provide peace-of-mind for your family. Planning your service and funeral in advance may seem like a morbid thing to do, but it is something that everyone should do if they want their wishes to be carried out following their death.
When arranging your own funeral, first and foremost you need to decide on the type of service you will have. Here you can choose from a funeral service followed by a burial or cremation, a graveside service, or a memorial service after a burial or cremation. Alternatively you may choose to have your funeral in your own home. You also need to decide where you want a viewing before the service, a wake, a visitation, a reception or gathering, and a time of mourning after your death.
Once you have decided on the type of service you want for your funeral, you need to choose personal touches. These can include a specific location for your service, a person to officiate your funeral, and the person or people you would like to deliver eulogies. You may also like to choose readings, poems, and prayers, once again delivered by special people of your choice. The music or hymns you want for your service should also be added to your burial arrangements checklist.
If you have a charity or organisation that you wish to make a donation to, this should also be included on your burial arrangements checklist. As well as notifying friends and family about your service, charities and organisation that you were a member of should also be added to your list of people you will be inviting to your funeral.
Having a funeral plan is a great asset when planning your own funeral. Your funeral plan provider will have a way to record all your requests for you. This means that all your requests will be stored on a computer, and you will not have to rely on family members to find your will or burial arrangements checklist.
Planning your own funeral is something that you should do, regardless of your age or any health problems that you may have. The same can be said about taking out funeral insurance and having a funeral plan. Planning your funeral in advance and using the services of a funeral plan will not just make life easier for your family; it will save you money too.
A traditional funeral is an expensive business, and writing your requests down without having a way of paying for them will not help your family members at the time of your death. It will add extra pressure to an extremely hard time, with your family having to find money that they simply may not have. A funeral plan will allow you to have the sendoff you wish for and deserve, whilst allowing for the whole service and burial to be affordable instead of a financial strain on your family and friends.