Planning your own funeral is truly one of the most thoughtful and generous things you can do for your family. Think of it -- when your time comes, your loved ones will be distraught and emotionally less than fully capable for making the many decisions that now present themselves. Their funeral director will guide and help them through this difficult time, but there's someone else who can help them immensely: that's you.
All you need to do is make a record of your preferences and all the myriad info they will need to gather, and put it in one place. We have created a Funeral Planning 101 sheet, and have made it as easy as possible to fill it in. We've deliberately made it an information sheet that you can print out -- because with a print-out you can add data over time such as over a weekend, and you also won't need to worry that anyone is gathering your sensitive private information.
Here are some of the ways you'll be lifting the load from their shoulders at the time of your passing:
- Do your loved ones know your parents' middle names? Their places of birth? These are things that will be needed, and not necessarily very easy to gather. Write them down in the Funeral Planning sheet.
- How about Life Insurance? Or your Pension Plan number? The location of your will? Your loved ones will need to find these, and you can make it easy for them -- save them from hunting through paperwork to find such things.
- What about your preferences for burial versus cremation? Most spouses know this one, but some couples just never get around to talking about it, or even if they have discussed it, there may never have been a final choice made. They will be so happy to be sure they are doing what you wanted.
- What about the style of cremation urn or casket you would like? Knowing you chose it will mean the world to them. We've had increasing numbers of people who buy their cremation urn as part of their funeral planning. The urn can be tucked away in a place you show to your loved one, and can even contain your Funeral Planning sheet. Or -- you can put it out in full view, as a reminder to live fully and well every day. I know of one lady who uses her urn as a flower vase, until such time as it will be needed -- she loves it!
- If you really feel like being 'present' at your own funeral, you can make a collection of the music of your life -- a CD of your favorite songs will not only represent you during the service, it will become a treasured keepsake afterward.
There is so much to organize when we lose a loved one. You can eliminate the better part of the stress of gathering information, simply by providing it in one easy document, on a Funeral Planning sheet like this one. If you print it out to fill it in, congratulations for doing such a marvelous thing for your family!
And, if you should decide to buy your cremation urn as part of your funeral planning, it's our pleasure to reward you with a Coupon Code for a 20% discount on any of our cremation urns and keepsake memorials. Simply enter this code during checkout: LOVE20 --- and free shipping is still included to anywhere in continental USA or Canada!
All best wishes,
Barbara Bergen, designer
Cremation Urns by Legacy