While there is no definite ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ time to plan a funeral, there are many reasons why it’s a good idea to plan for one now – in particular when you are healthy and have the mental capacity to make these decisions on your own – instead of leaving it until the last minute.
If you are thinking about planning your funeral, but you are unsure where to start, talk to your local funeral director today. They will guide you through the process step-by-step and make sure your personal wishes are documented.
Benefits of Planning a Funeral Early
Planning a funeral in advance is one of the best ways to give yourself and your family peace of mind.
By doing so, you have the time and resources to plan the kind of life celebration that reflects you as a person, and you give the family a chance to say goodbye in a way that makes them feel satisfied.
Here are some of the many other reasons to plan your funeral in advance:
- Extra Time – When you plan a funeral for someone who has already passed away you have less time to consider your options. By planning a funeral in advance, you have the time to compare funeral home providers and find out if the services and prices they offer match your needs.
- Save Money – Over time the cost of funerals do rise. By setting up a pre-payment plan with your funeral provider, it means you pay the cost of the funeral as it is today – not what the cost will be when the funeral is held. You also have the freedom to deposit as much or as little as you like, and this can be as low as $50 per month.
- Ease the Burden – If your wishes are unknown at the time of death, your family is left to guess what your funeral plans are to be. Would you want to be buried or cremated? Would you have been comfortable with an open-casket viewing? By setting these plans in stone yourself then you eliminate any chance of confusion or misunderstanding.
- Peace of Mind – Taking care of your funeral arrangements early can be a liberating experience. You are no longer left in the ‘unknown’ of what will happen after you pass away. All of the crucial details are taken care of, which means your family will be emotionally and financially secure when the time comes.
When Should You Plan a Funeral?
From a technical standpoint you have the freedom to plan your funeral at any time. It really depends on how comfortable you are with the idea – in particular coming to terms with your own mortality – and whether you are ready to secure these plans now.
Some people make the decision to plan their funeral after a major milestone occurs in their life. For example, when they get married or have children. During these milestones it’s normal to start thinking about the future and what the future may hold for your loved ones.
No matter when you decide to plan a funeral it’s good to know you have access to advice and support from people who care.
Even if you are still uncertain of what to have at your funeral, your local funeral director will take the time to understand your needs and give you helpful advice on how to move forward.
Funerals of Compassion is available 24 hours, 7 days a week to provide compassionate care and support. For advice on planning a funeral call 1300 906 060 or send your online enquiry.