At Cremation Society of Missouri, we are often asked, “When is a good time to start pre-planning my funeral arrangements?” The simple answer is, it’s always a good time to start thinking about pre-planning your final arrangements. Culturally, talking about your own death and final wishes could be considered unsettling – but, we assure you that benefits of pre-planning far outweigh the unknown.
One benefit of prearranging your final arrangements is being able to communicate your final wishes so that they may be followed. Choosing a method of final disposition is an important and meaningful decision. If your final wish is to be cremated and then buried at your hometown cemetery, then you need to make these wishes known. If you would like your hobbies and passions displayed at your ceremony, thinking about having a themed service. Be specific when pre-planning your final wishes and clearly express your wants and preferences.
Another great benefit of pre-planning your final wishes is being able to lock in today’s prices. The price for funerals and cremation is constantly changing. By pre-planning, you lock in the current costs affiliated with a funeral or cremation service. Even if you live for another 30 years after making your prearrangements and the cost of funerals has increased, your estate or family will not have to pay the difference.
Having peace of mind is perhaps the most beneficial aspect of pre-planning. You and your family will gain peace of mind knowing that your wishes have been heard and written down. Take comfort in knowing you won’t be leaving a financial burden for your loved ones. And peace of mind knowing that by making your prearrangements you’ve made a very difficult time for your family a little simpler.