Tips for Talking to Aging Parents About Funeral Planning
No one wants to think about the mortality of their parents. Still, it’s something that everyone must confront. Though it may be a difficult topic, discussing your parent’s funeral arrangements is important for preparing yourself and your family for your parents’ inevitable passing. Here are a few suggestions that will help you and your parents begin the conversation about funeral preplanning .
Start the Conversation Early
The sooner you broach the topic of funeral preplanning, the more time your parents will have to think about it and begin the planning process. You might discuss the idea of preplanning your own funeral to convince your parents that they should do the same. However you introduce the topic, be sure to demonstrate that you have your family’s best interests at heart.
Focus on Practical Benefits
Many people are hesitant to preplan their own funerals because they don’t want family members to “make a fuss.” When discussing the prospect of preplanning a funeral, tell your parents that preplanning can actually make the funeral planning process much easier. By preplanning their funerals, your parents can take the pressure of organizing the funeral off the surviving family members, thus simplifying the grieving process . Preplanning also ensures that your parents’ funeral ceremony and burial wishes are honored.
Offer to Help with Planning
If your parents are still hesitant to preplan their funerals, you might consider offering your help. You can assist with online research, help rule out burial options, and speak with a funeral home representative. Preplanning a funeral doesn’t take a long time—chances are your parents already have a good idea of how they wish to be memorialized. After you get preplanning out of the way, you and your parents can focus on enjoying the time you have left.
Saying goodbye to a parent is never easy. To help take make the grieving process less stressful, have your parents preplan their funerals with Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory. We offer a range of tasteful and respectful funeral services. Call our Tacoma-area funeral home at (253) 584-0252 or visit our website if you have any questions.