Posted by Tony O’Shea, Funeral Planning & Life Insurance Expert
It’s a fact of life that we are all going to pass away, but talking about your own funeral and death can feel strange. With the right professional help, it needn’t be as daunting.
Death is inevitable – whether it’s something that happens soon or in many, many years – it us our destiny. Yet, for a fate which we all share it’s something surprisingly few people feel comfortable talking about. There are a wealth of benefits to getting all your funeral arrangements made yourself before you pass, as we will explore here.
Of course, it’s not difficult to understand why conversations about death are hard. No-one wants to think of a time when they will no longer be here or when a loved one will be gone. But, having conversations about how you would like to be remembered after you pass away are so important. Here are just a few of the reasons why we think it’s vital to talk about your funeral.
If you have a clear feeling about how you would like your final farewell to go, then you need to tell someone about it now. Perhaps you feel strongly that you would like your funeral to be held in a church – or alternatively, you might feel certain that it should not be held in a religious setting.
You might have views about who should attend your funeral, who should speak or even what food should be served at the wake. Whatever it is, now is the time to say. While you may think it doesn’t matter too much as you won’t be there – it’s still an occasion which is all about you and it’s comforting to know that it will happen the way you envisage when the time comes.
In line with ensuring that your wishes are met, pre-planning your funeral allows you to have an input into what you would like to happen on the day. This can enable you to add in some very personal touches, which might mean an awful lot to the people who attend. Personalisation at a funeral is becoming increasingly popular, so perhaps consider the many ways you could make a contribution.
This is really an individual preference; some people may not wish to know what will be happening once they are gone. However, if you feel more comfortable being aware of what will happen, having discussions about your funeral will mean that you are fully informed about what the funeral arrangements will be once you have passed, and that you have a clear idea about how you will be remembered.
Finally, by having a discussion now about your funeral wishes and getting it planned before you pass, you save a lot of work for your family after you have gone. The days after a loved one passes away are always incredibly hard no matter what the circumstances. Knowing that the final farewell has already been arranged – and has had your input into what is going to happen, can be an enormous comfort at a difficult time.
If you’re ready to have a conversation about how you would like your funeral, then it’s best to speak to a professional who can advise you. We can help you compare funeral providers and funeral plans prices.
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