Planning Your Own Funeral

There are many events in our lives that we plan for – weddings, baby showers, retirement parties, et cetera. Planning your own funeral, however, is not quite as common. What people don’t realise though is that pre-planning your funeral can have many advantages for everyone.

 

Most funeral homes offer this option and it can take a burden of stress off both the elderly/ill individual and their family. Pre-planning your funeral is a very simple and easy process. In fact, it is easier than when your family has to do it, while in the shock and grief of your passing and trying to guess what you would have wanted. Simply contact your funeral home and you will be able to explain all your requirements. They will make notes of your preferences and make sure everything is done accordingly when the time comes.

 

Up to 75 decisions are made in the first 48 hours after the passing of a loved one when in reality, a bereaved person should avoid making decisions until they can think straight again. Pre-planning your funeral takes some of this responsibility off their shoulders and will provide relief and allow them to grieve. Contrary to belief, planning your funeral in advance is not more difficult for the family. It can help to provide solace and comfort, even though most people avoid talking about death. Having these conversations can help the family to accept it when the person has passed.

 

Another benefit of pre-planning your funeral is that your memorial service will happen according to your wishes. No one will have to try the second guess what you want or go against it because it may go against cultural norms or your family’s wishes. By pre-planning your funeral, you can be certain that your wishes will be carried out.  You can also plan your funeral according to the budget you choose. By pre-paying for your funeral, you also eliminate having your family overthinking about it and wondering if they spent too much or too little.

 

Pre-planning and paying for your funeral in advance provides your family with financial relief in more ways than one. The funeral expenses are paid in advance so your family members don’t have to worry about the sudden and last-minute costs associated with planning a funeral. Keep in mind though, that your pre-paid funeral will need to be revised every two years to allow for rising costs and inflation. Mosaic sends reminders on when to come in and revise your pre-paid funeral when necessary. Revising your funeral plans every few years also allows you to make use of new technology as it becomes available.

 

Having everything planned and paid for the up front also means that there will be no delays after the death. The funeral can take place as soon as possible and the loved ones can begin the healing process. Pre-planning your funeral can put your mind at ease and offer your family a certain amount of stability in a time of need. If pre-planning your funeral is something you would like to consider, email Mosaic Funeral Group at info@mosaicfunerals.co.za and they will put you in touch with one of their funeral directors.

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