PRE-PLANNING ONE'S FINAL WISHES SPARES LOVED ONES FROM EMOTIONAL AND FINANCIAL BURDENS

If your death occurred today, would your loved one know how to arrange your funeral wishes and how you would like to be celebrated?

When death occurs there are numerous things that all need to be done quickly, such as:....


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PRE-PLANNING ONE'S FINAL WISHES SPARES LOVED ONES FROM EMOTIONAL AND FINANCIAL BURDENS

If your death occurred today, would your loved one know how to arrange your funeral wishes and how you would like to be celebrated?


When death occurs there are numerous things that all need to be done quickly, such as:


These are to name just a few, and the questions go on and on.


When planning in advance your wishes are recorded and your loved ones are guided by your wishes to carry out the services you prefer.


When a death occurs, survivors are naturally stunned, often emotionally devastated and find it difficult to make decisions when they are simply trying to cope with their loss.  Making the decision to plan your wishes  in advance is a big decision, but it is a decision that your loved ones appreciate and will thoughtfully remember you for.


According to the National Funeral Directors Association, the average person finds themselves planning a funeral only once or twice in their entire lifetime.  As such, it is perfectly normal to feel a sense of apprehension, uncertainty or even outright fear of this process.


If a person does not have an advance funeral plan, planning at the time of need is complicated by the feelings one has during a time of great sadness when someone has died.

With an advance plan, all necessary and difficult decisions can be made so families can devote their time and energy to the memory of their loved one, sharing sentiments and stories with each other, friends and associates during the visitation and celebration of life memorial service.


If one does not plan for the inevitable end of their life, then one day a great deal of responsibility will be placed on the shoulders of a spouse or children for final arrangements and settlement of the estate.


People buy life insurance to provide economic means for survivors. But money from life insurance doesn’t console survivors during their emotional pain from grieving.


Lawyers draw up wills to ensure possessions in estates will be distributed according to our wishes. But an estate is not probated until after a funeral.


By taking the time now, to put one’s affairs in order for your funeral, your loved ones can be spared emotional and financial burdens in the future.


As a funeral director, I believe everyone should pre-plan.  Having your wishes recorded for your loved ones is a free service offered by most funeral homes. There are pre-payment plan available, but they are optional.


Because people are living longer and families are often scattered around the country, advance planning is the responsible gift that provides helpful guidance, emotional support and required information to those who will survive us.


A funeral or memorial service is an opportunity for family, friends and associates to gather, reflect upon and honor the one they have loved with a meaningful gathering to remember the life of a deceased loved one. It is a complex blend of religious, psychological, emotional, social and economic dimensions that are interrelated, but individual for each service. A funeral or life celebration is a ceremonial event that must be planned to coordinate activities and people in a flowing sequence that will help to provide a positive lasting memory for everyone in attendance.


It is never too early to pre-plan and/or pre-fund your funeral or life celebration and you can always make changes to your plan if your circumstances change.

JEANNE SLEDD

Jeanne Sledd is a senior advanced planning specialist and licensed funeral director. She has worked for Milward 20 out of her 30 years  providing information and helping one to  create a memorable gift for those you deeply care about.  Milward Funeral Directors has three locations in Lexington.  Jeanne can be reached at 859-252-3411.

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