Planning a memorial or funeral service within hours of a death can be a very difficult experience. There are many details to attend to, and critical decisions must be made, at a time when people are least able to make them.
Planning a memorial or funeral service ahead of time removes much of the burden from your family.
When you plan your memorial or funeral service in advance, or that of another family member, you have an opportunity to involve other family members and discuss your wishes with them. And, it allows you and your family the time to arrange for special and unique ways to acknowledge your life, or the life of a family member. Once the plans are made, this information can be put on file with your funeral director.
When planning ahead it is also important to decide if you should set aside money to pay for the memorial or funeral service. There are three primary benefits for paying a memorial or funeral service ahead of time.