It may not be pleasant to think about planning your own funeral but by laying out the details in advance, you can ensure your final wishes are carried out. Plus, by pre-planning your funeral service, you’ve saved your loved ones from the worry of making the arrangements during an already stressful time.
So once you’ve made the decision to pre-plan your funeral/cremation, the next big decision is selecting a funeral home. It may seem as if all funeral homes are alike, but it’s important to do your research and ask questions to select a funeral home that can meet your needs, fits your budget and provides the kind of service you desire.
First, give some thought to the sort of funeral service you want, including your burial wishes and your budget. And have your priorities in mind so you can determine which items fit your budget.
Second, make sure you visit more than one funeral home. Ask friends and family for recommendations and research the facility before you go. Most funeral homes are part of trade organizations, such as Selected Independent Funeral Homes or National Funeral Directors Association, so start with their membership lists.
Once you’ve scheduled your visit, you can get information on funeral/cremation packages and pricing. Then ask these questions:
- How much can you customize your funeral?
- What services are available for family members following the funeral service?
- Can the funeral home accommodate any special religious or cultural needs?
- What is the process for cremation and what are the cremation regulations?
- Will the funeral home provide military funeral services
At the end of the day, it’s important to select a funeral home that feels comfortable and that is known for professionalism, compassion and has a caring staff.
Follow these additional tips from Stuhr Funeral Home:
- Compare and verify what you have learned, including information you have obtained by talking with family members and friends who already have pre-arrangement plans.
- Make certain you read and understand a pre-arrangement contract before you sign it. Don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as you need.
- Put the pre-arrangement contract in a safe place with your other important documents and make sure your family members are aware of your arrangements and how to access the information in the event of your death.
- Be sure to contact the funeral home with any later changes that need to be made to your pre-arrangements.
Taking care of your funeral/cremation arrangements in advance will leave you with peace of mind knowing you have control over the plans and that you’ve spared your loved ones from making numerous decisions while grieving your loss.