Many people like to have a say as to what happens after their death. By pre-arranging your funeral, you are making sure that others know about your wishes. It also reassures you that you have done all that you can do to make it easier for grieving family, whanau and friends at the time.
There are many things to consider when pre-arranging your funeral, and it is a good idea to take your time and talk with your loved ones about what you have decided so you are all on the same page, writing this down is helpful. When choosing a funeral director the best way to go about this is to make an appointment with a company and have them come and see you to find out what you require and offer some suggestions then you will know if you feel comfortable with the company you have chosen.
An important consideration is whether you want burial or cremation. A trend we are noticing is that people are moving more towards cremation rather than burial. Not sure whether this is financial or it just seems easier. My concern is that if families choose to have a direct cremation (which is just have the person cremated with no service) that further down the track the grieving process does not take it’s natural course and that they may regret this in the future. Once we had a family that thought the person wanted cremation, they went ahead with the cremation only to find that the deceased person had spoken with a sister down south and said she wanted burial, an interesting dilemma which shows the importance of making sure your loved ones are aware of your wishes.
Other things to consider include whether you have any special instructions or requests; is there a charity you would like people to donate to? Do you have any preferences about flowers or music? etc. Funeral costs can be catered for an individual family according to what they want and can afford. The good thing about pre-arranging a funeral is that we can give you a fixed cost for the funeral which does not change after it has been paid.
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