Why Make Cremation Arrangements in Advance
Planning one's own end-of-life care is not something that anyone wants to do but it's one of those processes that makes perfect sense.
End-of-life planning ensures your authority over some critical decisions and prevents relatives who are caught up in the emotional turmoil of grief from being forced into making these important decisions.
The Six Common Reasons for Pre-Planning
Today, more individuals and families than ever before are making the decision to prearrange their end-of-life care. Planning ahead makes sense because of factors such as inflation, fewer extended family members living close by, and other changes in our society.
In a recent survey, these were the most common reasons people gave for prearranging their own funerals:
Communicates your wishes
Reduces stress for friends and family at an already emotional time
Guarantees your family will never have to pay more for your funeral — no matter what happens with inflation
Shows you care
Relieves your loved ones of the financial responsibility
You Can Choose the Way You'll be Remembered
Have you given any thought as to how you want to be remembered? Maybe you had a long career in the military that you'd like others to celebrate. Maybe you love animals and would like to encourage donations in your memory to your local humane society. When you pre-arrange, you put your wishes on paper so that your loved ones will know exactly how to celebrate your life and honour your memory.
You’ll Make it Easier on Your Loved Ones on Making Funeral Arrangements in Advance
Did you know that there are more than 70 details that need to be tended to in the first 24 hours after a death? Are your loved ones ready for all that responsibility?
When you pre-arrange, you make it easier for your everyone. You can also save them money. The stress of making last-minute arrangements often causes people to make unnecessary purchases. By taking care of the arrangements yourself, you can prevent this from happening.
You Can Protect Yourself and Your Family from Rising Funeral Costs
Like most things, funeral costs tend to rise every year. Paying for the services now can save your loved ones money. If you’d like to explore the subject of locking in funeral costs, please call us.
You’ll Empower Your Family
They will know exactly what needs to be done because you’ve taken all of the guesswork out of your end-of-life care. When you pre-arrange, everyone benefits. You know that your wishes will be carried out and your loved ones know exactly how to honor you.
See our Pre-Planning Checklist for more information.
When someone we love dies, our memories reside in our heart, giving us comfort and easing sorrow. They are a true gift to us in the dark days after a loss, and are part of your legacy.
Our memories enrich our lives, and in the words of writer Anne Rice, “No matter how long we exist, we have our memories. Points in time which time itself cannot erase. Suffering may distort my backward glances, but even to suffering, some memories will yield nothing of their beauty or their splendor. Rather they remain as hard as gems.”
How can you preserve your legacy of memories for the generations to follow as part of your pre-arrangements? With Memories Forever™, your survivors can create a permanent online memorial archive of images and words in your honor.
Help Them Out
If you start gathering photos and writing down memories today, you can give your family a head start on building a complete Memories Forever™ in your honor. It’s a great way to bring everyone together to celebrate your life because it won’t just be your memories that are recorded. Invite other family members and friends to participate in building a legacy of treasured memories that will be available to them in the years after your passing.
When you decide to make your own pre-arrangements, you can do so at your own pace, when you feel calm, healthy, and rational.
We are here to make this process as easy as possible. You can pre-arrange most of the vital details for yourself or a loved one by using our secure, Pre-Plan Online network.
If you have any questions or would prefer to speak to someone directly, please contact us.
If you’re ready to get started, this four-step online planning tool is easy to use. You can create a private account that can be easily updated in the future.