Preplan Your Funeral and Give your Loved Ones Piece of Mind

Published: February 20, 2021

The process of planning your own funeral or end of life services may seem intimidating or a bit undesirable, however, that does not have to be the case. This article will hopefully give you a better understanding of how it works and why people are deciding to do it these days.

If any of the following statements describe you, then you are probably someone who will appreciate the benefits of preplanning your funeral.

1. You want to ease the burden on your family. If your wishes are unknown when you die, they will be faced with making difficult decisions at a trying time. Will they know if you wish to be buried or cremated? Will they agree on an open or closed casket? Will they agree on how much to spend? Confusion and disagreements are common occurrences when there is no plan to follow. You can avoid this by leaving behind a plan.

2. You want to assume the financial responsibility for your funeral. Planning ahead enables you to make financial arrangements to cover your funeral costs. Even if you are leaving behind sufficient money, will your survivors be able to access it? Funeral insurance and funeral trusts are sound financial planning options you can consider ahead of time.

3. You want your family to have the benefit of a meaningful funeral. A funeral is an important event for a grieving family. Psychologically, it provides a sense of closure and enables the family to begin the healing process. Families benefit emotionally and socially by honoring the lives of their loved ones with a fitting ceremony and by giving them a proper send-off. It is difficult to make the funeral the best it can be when planning it in a short time.

4. You want your final wishes to be followed. If you have specific preferences for the disposition of your remains and the nature of your funeral services, you can clearly express them in your funeral plan. You may have a preference for burial or cremation, the epitaph on your headstone, or the music and readings at your funeral. Or you may not want a funeral ceremony. Whatever your wishes, they need to be set forth in your funeral plan.

5. You want to be self-reliant and have your affairs in order at the end of your life. Taking care of your funeral arrangements is a thoughtful and caring thing to do for your family. It is comforting to know that you have done all you can do to ease their burden. And you can be assured that they will appreciate that your caring for them continued after you are gone.

Preplanned funerals can be prepared at any time and offer many advantages. Boyd Funeral can help you preplan a funeral for yourself, your spouse, or a parent. To help you consider whether pre planning a funeral is right for you and your family, we would like to offer the following thoughts…

The number one reason people typically decide to preplan their own funeral…. COST! In planning ahead, you will have time to set aside money for your funeral and burial in a way that makes sense for you and your family’s unique financial situation. You also can lock in the price at the time of the planning and not have to worry about costs going up in the future.

In addition to saving money and removing the financial burden from your loved ones, by preplanning your funeral, you also can remove the burden of planning the service. You can take that weight off their shoulders by providing the guide for how you would like to be remembered.

Here is a free resource that we recommend that can help you really start thinking about pre-planning.

If you would like to learn more about how you can begin pre planning your end of life services, you can give us a call at 740-382-2115 or visit our web page at

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