5 Great Reasons to Plan Your Funeral

Maybe it's time to plan my own funeral.

I must admit that this is not something that I had ever considered doing before, but it makes more sense now that I am in my middle years with aging parents and children of my own.

The fact is, I seem to be attending more funerals these days than weddings!  

And quite honestly, funerals and weddings have a lot in common.  They both involve family gatherings, a church/religious service, flowers, music, food, a reception and, most importantly, planning.

Before considering all the finer details of pre-planning a funeral, let's first consider the 5 great reasons why you should plan your own funeral.

Have you ever received any benefit from any of the following?

  • Project planning
  • Career planning
  • Financial planning
  • Meal planning
  • Travel planning
  • Tax planning

Assuming  you said YES, here are 5 great reasons why you (and your family members) will benefit from funeral planning:

  1. Your exact wishes will be known and carried out when you die. 
  2. You can eliminate the financial burden of a funeral. On average, a funeral can cost $5,000 plus!                        (Some funeral homes will let you pay with a layaway plan!)
  3. You will reduce the emotional burden and strain in your family that is associated with a funeral; such as having to choose a casket the day after someone dies. Bronze?wood?carved? Too many choices.
  4. You will reduce stress. No question about that.
  5. You will have peace of mind knowing that your final wishes will be carried out and you will leave no burden on your family in the frantic planning or costs associated with your funeral.  

While it might be hard to view planning a funeral in the exact same light as planning a wedding, if you just try to imagine funeral planning as a personal, memorable, and even fun process, culminating in a final celebration of your life, you might be surprised to see all of the special details you chose in your funeral plan when it is complete.

Your family will thank you too. 

I think I will choose my music first... here's my favorite....and my second favorite song...

Feel free to share with me any plans you have already made, especially anything out of the ordinary.

This story just in about a widow who has to sell everything to afford her husband's funeral. How sad.