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Planning for a Future Funeral

Planning for a future funeral

Celebrate a life well lived.

Whether you're planning for yourself or for a loved one, the funeral service is one of the most important elements of a person's final arrangements. With the opportunity for great personalization, the funeral service can truly reflect the uniqueness of the life it honors.

Regardless of whether you or your loved one have opted for burial or for cremation, a service fills an important role:

  • Honor, recognize and celebrate the life of the deceased.
  • Allow friends and family to say their last good-byes.
  • Provide closure after the loss of a loved one.
  • Allow friends to console the family of the loved one.

No one wants to think about their death any sooner than they must, but planning your funeral and cemetery services in advance, called "preplanning" or "prearranging," is a responsible, caring act that can reduce stress for your grieving loved ones. It's easy to understand how making decisions now about your final arrangements can help assure those left behind that your wishes are being honored.

Take responsibility for your arrangements.
Just as estate planning and creating a will are responsible actions, planning your final arrangements in advance makes emotional and financial sense, and protects your loved ones from the burden of planning services for you.

Eliminate guesswork for your family.
When you prearrange your funeral and cemetery services, you'll help alleviate your family's burden of making difficult decisions at what will be an already difficult time. With your wishes recorded, they won't be left to guess what you would have wanted.

Personalize your service.
Making your final arrangements in advance allows you to influence all elements or your services, including songs, readings or other personal details that are important to you. It's your funeral - it should celebrate your life, your way.

Avoid emotional overspending.
By communicating exactly which merchandise and services you want, you can keep your family from purchasing unnecessary additions to your services.

Find the value and quality you want.
Investigating different funeral homes and cemeteries is an important part of making final arrangements. Comparison shopping allows you to find the value and quality of service that's right for you.

Protect your loved ones from rising costs.
If you choose to fund your prearranged plans, it can protect your loved ones from rising costs in the future. Be sure to tell your family about the plans you’ve made; let them know where the documents are filed. If your family isn’t aware that you’ve made plans, your wishes may not be carried out. And if family members don’t know that you’ve pre-paid the funeral home, they could end up paying for the same arrangements.

Whether you simply want to ensure that your wishes are carried out, or you want to protect your family from making difficult decisions at a time of loss, planning your final arrangements in advance is an important responsibility, and one of the greatest gifts you can give your loved ones.

Click here to download a Memorial Planning Guide. The guide lists information that will be covered during an arrangement conference. If the family would like to look over and fill out some of the information, it will be helpful to both you and the funeral director in the future.

Contact a Brookside staff member today:
Yakima - (509) 457-1232
Ellensburg - (509) 925-2902
Email - info@brooksidefhc.com