Starting a conversation with your adult children about your funeral wishes may feel a bit uncomfortable at first, but this important discussion will protect them from facing decisions you’re better prepared to make today. Even if you are not ready to start funeral pre-planning, talking with your adult children about what you want is a valuable step to ensure your final wishes are known and respected. This advice will help you get the conversation started.
Know What You Want
Before you sit down with your family, be sure you know what you want. Make important decisions in advance such as whether you want cremation or burial and whether you want a religious or secular service. Being certain about what you want will help to keep the conversation on track.
Pick the Right Time
Be mindful of the time you choose to have the conversation. Don’t pick a time when your family is in a rush to get to work or an engagement, and don’t start the discussion when you are likely to be interrupted by others. Start by reassuring your family that you are healthy, so they are able to focus on the conversation instead of worrying about whether you are facing a serious illness.
Consider Formalizing Your Plans
After you’ve talked to your family, consider contacting a funeral home to begin the pre-planning process. Formalizing your plans will protect your family from the emotional burden of planning for you when the time comes. It will create an easy reference for your family and help them avoid disagreements about what you said your wishes were, since it will all be in writing.
If you have questions about planning a funeral and want to know about options for funeral services, talk to Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory. Whether you want to pre-plan or need to plan a funeral for a recently lost loved one, our funeral home in Lakewood, Washington can help. Families like yours have given us their trust for over 100 years – an honor we treat with the greatest respect. For more information call (253) 584-0252.