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Absurd as it might sound, planning your own funeral would be of great help to your family in case you passed on. Not only does it make life easier for them, but it also prepares them for such an event whether now or in the future.

Here are some tips on what you should do while planning for your own funeral:

1. Designate the Person to Take Care of Your Funeral

In the event of a sudden loss, a legal hierarchy designates who should take care of your funeral in case of a sudden demise. However, you can opt to make the choice by yourself and document it on paper for legal purposes.

While this may seem irrelevant, there are scenarios where your relatives may want custody or take charge over your funeral unlawfully. To give you peace of mind, McDougal Funeral Home recommends hiring professional services for your funeral arrangements in Taylorsville.

2. Decide on Cremation, Burial, or Donation

Man holding an urn next to the flowers and candlesThis is important, as your beloved will follow your desires after you have passed on. While you can put this on your will as well, letting your family know might help them in preparing for it mentally. This can also help in avoiding unnecessary stress during an emotional time.

  • Traditional Burial – This is when a person’s remains are buried along with a coffin, which could be made of different materials and have specific designs. It’s the most expensive option, as it also involves embalming, dressing, and preparing the remains for viewing (either private or public). The family may hold a ceremony, buy lots of flowers, and even post an obituary (for the viewing).
  • Cremation – This is the combustion, oxidation, and vaporization of a person’s remains to its basic chemical compounds (particularly into ashes, gases, and mineral fragments). It’s more affordable and flexible than traditional burials, and many people say that it’s even environmental-friendly. In addition, you can decide what will happen to your ashes — be stored in an urn, become a jewelry, or be spread in particular places.
  • Donation – Some people are okay with donating parts of their body like their organs, while others find it gruesome. However, this can help a lot of people who need donors. Who knows, you could be helping extend another person’s life.

3. Plan for Everything Financially

Planning for your death may mean that you have to provide some pre-payments for the services that you will require for your funeral. It is best that you make plans for the payments of your funeral homes or for purchasing things required for your funeral.

4. Share Your Wishes with Family

Having the time to talk over your death with your family is important in helping them understand the choices that you make. If you think that it will be uncomfortable to have a conversation about death, it might be harder for them to understand your wishes if you do not disclose everything to them.

Although planning for your funeral while still alive can be hard for most people, it is important as it gives your family a chance to mourn without having to worry much about the funeral details.

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