FuneralFinancials.com Advocates Pre-Planned Funerals

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FuneralFinancials.com funeral and financial advice column comments on the movement towards more Americans pre-planning their own funerals, and encouraged its readers to consider going this route in order to spare their loved ones the financial and emotional burden of having to do so

It might sound odd to some people—planning one’s own funeral. But the fact is that we’re pretty touchy about death in this country--very hesitant to talk about it, that is, although it’s an inevitable thing for each of us.

FuneralFinancials.com funeral and financial advice column announced that it is completely in favor of pre-planned funerals, and offered advice and recommendations for its readers to either plan their own or assist a loved one in doing so. FuneralFinancials.com believes that a pre-planned funeral can ease not only the emotional but financial burden for family members and loved ones after a death, and allows people the ability to decide upon all the details for their final farewell service.

In a USA Today article by Karen James, published Wednesday May 29th 2013, James reports that to Wilmington, DE resident Margaret Jenkins, finding out that her unexpectedly deceased mother had pre-planned her own funeral was nothing short of an incredible relief. James reported that Jenkins discovered from the funeral home that her mother had already made all the arrangements, and is quoted as saying, “It was the greatest gift she could leave to me. It was remarkable that she had done that. It was such a huge relief. To have to make funeral plans during such an emotional time is just pouring sale in an open wound. Everything was taken care of.”

FuneralFinancials.com drew inspiration from James’ article, and felt the need to advocate to its readers the perks of pre-planned funerals. FuneralFinancials.com is quoted as saying, “It might sound odd to some people—planning one’s own funeral. But the fact is that we’re pretty touchy about death in this country--very hesitant to talk about it, that is, although it’s an inevitable thing for each of us. Dealing with the decision making and planning in the present is going to be significantly easier than doing it during a time of intense grief. There are so many benefits to pre-planning, as opposed to loved ones having to plan after death, that make it so completely worthwhile, despite the discomfort that might initially be felt.”

FuneralFinancials.com points out that pre-planning won’t ever completely ease the blow of the loss of a loved one. But it can certainly ease the burden of having to plan the logistics, the emotional weight that comes with having to make decisions under stress, and the financial brunt that is so often left to the family of the deceased. Another benefit of pre-planning that FuneralFinancials.com highlighted is that people can personalize the funeral and burial services to their exact specifications, choosing details and logistics precisely as they want them instead of leaving it in the hands of somebody who might not make the same choices—especially under emotional duress.

The above-mentioned USA Today article includes input from funeral director and co-owner of local Spicer Mulliken funeral homes, Frank C. Mayer III. Mayer is reported as admitting that conversations about pre-planning one’s funeral might be a difficult topic to broach, but he believes it might be something that can save a family a lot of heartache in the long run. Mayer is quoted in the article as saying, “Pre-planning a funeral can reduce a lot of stress and anxiety. [For those who don’t pre-plan] the added stress and emotions make it more difficult to make decisions.” Mayer adds that Medicaid recipients can even prepay for their own services and without it counting against their assets during their qualification.

About FuneralFinancials.com:
FuneralFinancials.com is an online funeral and financial advice magazine that offers support and advice to help people understand funeral costs, and the best ways to make decisions about them. FuneralFinancials.com discusses details like burial options, funeral costs, and even proper funeral etiquette such as when wearing black is appropriate or how to properly pay one’s respects.

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