Decisions You Will Need to Make When Planning a Funeral

After my father passed away suddenly, my mother, siblings and I all struggled with planning his funeral. We were already in a state of shock and sorrow, and then we were overwhelmed with the options and decisions we had to make in regards to the funeral. Luckily for us, we worked with an amazing funeral home and funeral director who helped guide us through the process. I know how hard it is to plan a funeral and how many decisions need to be made. This website was created in order to give families preparing to lay a loved one to rest a guide of sorts that will help them determine what decisions will need to be made and information about those decisions. I extend my sympathies to you if you are in this position and hope my website helps to make things a little bit easier for you.

Common Questions Concerning The Funeral Pre-Planning Process


When you pass away, the last thing you want is to leave your family with having to make all of the hard decisions about your funeral. Further, it is never considerate to leave them with the burden of paying for your funeral once you are gone. Funeral pre-planning is the easiest way to make sure that your final affairs are wrapped up and ready for the day that you leave this earth. Because it can be so difficult to face the idea of your own mortality, you will no doubt have questions about the process. Here are a few of the most common concerns.

Is there an appropriate age to start thinking about pre-planning your funeral?

It is never too early to start pre-planning and paying for your funeral. Many people assume that this is something you should do when you get older, but making a plan early will give you a lot of time to pay and you can spend the rest of your life knowing you already have everything ready to go.

If you make a plan early, how difficult is it to make changes?

There is really nothing to making changes if something happens and you change your mind about the final plan. Funeral home employees, such as the professionals at Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, will work with you to achieve any changes in writing and adjust the amount owed accordingly. Just make sure the changes are documented.

Should you let your family know you have made arrangements?

Once you have pre-planned your funeral and started to pay for the services, it is a good idea to let your family know. The main reason for this is so they know you have made arrangements already and they do not try to go to a different funeral home to do so. However, it is often comforting for family members to know that you have taken steps to ensure it is all taken care of.

Should you involve your family's desires in your own funeral service plan?

Because your family will essentially be the audience at the funeral, it s always a kind gesture to consider their beliefs and implement their ideas if you can. However, in the end the choice is always your own and what you want will be the most important aspect of making plans. Just making sure this isn't a burden your family will have to pick up when you are gone is a thoughtful gesture.

When you understand a little more about funeral pre-planning, it is easy to see why this is such a convenient way to make sure your final wishes are carried out. Talk to a funeral home director in your area about any questions and concerns you have about the process.


12 March 2015