Planning a funeral or memorial service involves plenty of logistics and details — but it’s also an intensely personal process. Attendees ultimately won’t remember the flowers or casket from the service; they’ll remember the memories, stories, and connections they shared during the service.
Making funeral arrangements in advance gives you time to consider all your service options and create a memorable, unique service that reflects your values and wishes.
There are actually several benefits to preplanning a memorial service, and anyone — no matter their age — can do so. Plus, you can make changes whenever you wish.
Still on the fence? Here are three reasons not to wait another day to start planning.
Families coping with the loss of a loved one are often overwhelmed, and the last thing they feel prepared to do during that vulnerable time is undertake the planning of a memorial service. Preplanning relieves your family of that burden, so they can focus on grief and remembrance.
In addition to easing the emotional stress on your family, preplanning can also reduce the financial burden — and potential family conflict — often involved in planning a funeral after the death of a loved one.
If you don’t have family who will be able to plan a service in your memory, preplanning ensures that other loved ones will be able to remember you properly.
When you preplan, you have an opportunity to create a unique celebration that reflects your life — in ways that perhaps only you knew, includes favorite readings, songs, stories, and more.
It’s also a chance to involve important people from many parts of your life if you wish, perhaps as readers or pallbearers.
You also can include your family members in the planning, so the service reflects their wishes and needs as well.
Funeral services are an important part of the grieving process, but they’re also a significant investment. Making payments in advance helps spread that financial burden over a longer period of time (though you can also make a single payment).
When you prepay, we deposit your prepayments into an insurance trust, where it grows to offset inflation.
We also keep a record of your arrangements and prepayments, and they can be transferred to any U.S. funeral home if you move.
You may not be excited to think about planning for something that will take place after your death — but Morris-Baker Funeral Home & Cremation Services is here to make the preplanning process as simple and painless as possible.
Check out our planning checklist and explore Morris-Baker’s service options. Then, you can plan online using our form or schedule a meeting with our staff to start plan your personalized service details.Meet with a professionalSTART PLANNING Online