There aren’t many tried and true facts in life, but one of the definitive facts is that life ends. Everyone has to deal with death in their lifetime. People around you are going to pass on and, eventually, you are too. If you want to prepare for that future eventuality, funeral homes can help you to make those future plans. There are steps to take to get things in order. Here are a few to get into place.
Step 1: Decide To Plan
The first step you will have to take in the process of pre-planning is the decision that you want to make the plans in the first place. You have to decide that you want your plans laid out and after that, you take more steps toward making that goal happen. Making that decision might be harder than you think as it is hard to think about the end of your life.
Step 2: Find A Funeral Home
Most funeral homes help with pre-plans today as they all want everyone to have the opportunity to make their own service plans, if they choose to do so. Once you decide you want to plan something in advance, you have to find a funeral home that can help you. There are lots of reputable funeral homes and you will want to look into service options, prices, and experience in order to get the right professionals for your plans.
Step 3: Deciding On A Method
Once you have a funeral home in mind, you will make your first big decision, which is what method you want to have used when you pass on. There are two basic directions you can take and each are used in about half of the cases today. You could have a funeral and burial or, you could ask for cremation services. Once you decide on a method, that will determine other things about what you will have to do moving forward.
Step 4: Figure Out The Details
If you choose a funeral, you will then want to figure out the funeral details, the cemetery, the plot, and other things. If you decide to go with cremation, you might want to choose an urn, plan a memorial service, and look at final resting place options. There are certainly lots of directions you can take and covering the details means your loved ones don’t have to.
Step 5: Talk To Your Family
This can be your last step, but it can also happen much earlier in the process if you want family input. Either way, it’s good for your family to hear from you what you want so there are no surprises later. They also need to know what funeral home holds your plans so they can contact them in the future when the time comes.
If you are ready to talk to funeral homes about the planning process, the professionals at Hopler & Eschbach Funeral Home are here to go through the steps with you any time.