After a death in the family, arranging funeral services is a difficult process for the survivors. They may disagree about what the decedent might have wanted or they may simply feel too overwhelmed by grief to focus on the details. Pre-planning your own funeral will spare your loved ones the burden of making the final arrangements. Funeral pre-planning also lets you choose the exact services you prefer.
There are a few major decisions you’ll have to make when pre-planning, such as whether you prefer to be buried or cremated, but a comprehensive pre-need plan also includes the smaller details. For example, it can be helpful to your survivors for you to create a list of people to notify after your death. Of course, your loved ones will know that they ought to notify the close relatives, but they might forget about your old Army buddies, choir friends, or book club members. Be sure to include contact information after each name.
Writing an obituary is particularly difficult after a death. Your loved ones won’t want to leave any important details out, but it’s difficult to think clearly in the midst of grief. If you wish, you could decide to write most of the obituary for them. They’ll still need to fill in details, such as the date of the funeral and which family members have survived or predeceased you.
If there is a particular charity or cause that you hold dear, you may wish to make a note of it. Your loved ones can request that charitable donations be made in your name in lieu of flowers.
There may be a few personal touches that you want to add to the funeral service. Perhaps you would like a particular song be played or your favorite flowers displayed. The funeral director will help you include any personal details you wish in your pre-need plan.
At Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park, and Crematory , we provide comprehensive funeral planning services in Lakewood, Washington, including funeral pre-planning support. We invite you to take a stroll around our memorial park, visit our funeral home, and learn about our cremation services before you make your decisions. If you have any questions, give us a call at (253) 584-0252.