WHY IS PRENEED FUNERAL PLANNING IMPORTANT?A Wise Financial and Emotional Decision
by Lenmark-Gomsrud-Linn Funeral Home
No one likes to think about death, let alone plan for it. In many families, discussing one’s mortality is an extremely uncomfortable topic. But it is a topic that should be discussed and planned for well in advance of your death.
By pre-planning your funeral, you relieve your family of having to make important financial decisions during a period of great stress and grief – a time when people aren’t thinking very clearly and may not know what to do because you never made your wishes known.
It’s easy to say, “Don’t make a fuss. I don’t want a ceremony. Just bury me and be done with it.” But it is important to realize that the ritual of a funeral and/or memorial service isn’t for the decease, but for the living. It is a time when friends and family can gather together to grieve openly and to provide support for one another.
Pre-planning your funeral can be very informal, and as simple as following our pre-planning checklist and sharing your wishes with a family member. More formal arrangements in the form of a preneed contract can be set up with a funeral home and pre-funded through a funeral trust, bank trust agreement, or another method.
Pre-planning, when done properly, can give you peace of mind because you know that your arrangements are ready and pre-funded. Meet with your funeral home to discuss preplanning.
By pre-planning your funeral, you can:
Make all the arrangements during a time of peace and not leave them to your family during their time of grief.
Make your wishes known.
Control the cost of your funeral and protect from inflation.
Ensure that personal records are organized and easy for your survivors to locate.
Protect your insurance so that it provides for your survivors and not for funeral expenses.
Provide protection in case the need arises before it is expected.
Sources cited: Aurora Casket Company 2002-2003; FDLIC 2012