What Is Actually Involved In Pre-Planning Your Funeral?

By: Tom Gallagher
Wednesday, July 26, 2023

Pre-planning your funeral involves making arrangements and decisions regarding your funeral service, burial or cremation, and other related details ahead of time. By pre-planning, you can alleviate the burden on your loved ones during a challenging time and ensure your wishes are respected.

Aspects Of Pre-Planning Your Funeral

Here, experts from Thomas Gallagher Funeral Home look at the critical elements involved in pre-planning a funeral:

Research And Consultation

Start by researching different funeral homes or service providers in your area. Schedule consultations with a few providers to discuss your options, ask questions, and understand their services. They can guide you through the pre-planning process and provide the necessary information.

Funeral Service Preferences

Consider your preferences for the funeral service itself. Consider whether you want a religious or non-religious service, the location (such as a place of worship, funeral home, or alternative venue), and any specific rituals or customs you wish to include. You can also decide whether you want a traditional funeral or a more personalized celebration of life.

Burial Or Cremation

Determine whether you prefer burial or cremation. If you choose burial, you must select a cemetery and plot. If you opt for cremation, you can decide whether you want your ashes to be kept in an urn, scattered in a specific location, or interred in a columbarium or memorial garden.

Funeral Merchandise

Choose the funeral merchandise you desire, such as caskets, urns, or burial vaults. Funeral homes typically offer various options to suit different preferences and budgets. You can also discuss specific requirements or considerations, such as eco-friendly or personalized options.

Prepayment And Financial Considerations

Explore the possibility of prepaying for your funeral expenses. Funeral homes may offer prepayment plans or funeral insurance policies to help ease the financial burden on your family. Discuss pricing, payment options, and applicable terms or conditions during consultations.

Documentation And Wishes

Document your funeral preferences and instructions in a written form, such as a funeral pre-planning document or a will. Include details about your desired service, burial/cremation choices, merchandise, and specific requests or considerations. Inform your family members or designated executor about the existence and location of these documents.

Communicating With Loved Ones

Having open and honest conversations with your loved ones about your pre-planning decisions is essential. Inform them of your wishes, explain your motivations, and address any concerns they may have. By involving them in the process, you can ensure everyone knows your plans and your decisions are respected.

By pre-planning your funeral, you can make essential decisions calmly and thoughtfully, providing peace of mind for yourself and your loved ones.

For additional information on pre-planning your funeral, please call the Thomas Gallagher Funeral Home team at 203-359-9999 or via this online form.

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