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Top 10 Considerations for Preplanning Your Funeral Arrangements

When considering the future, one of the kindest things we can do for our families is to preplan our funeral arrangements. This thoughtful preparation can alleviate the burden on loved ones during a difficult time. Here’s a guide to the top ten considerations to keep in mind when preplanning your funeral.

  1. Choosing the Type of Service: It's important to decide the nature of the service you’d prefer. Whether it's a traditional funeral, a memorial service after cremation, or a simple direct cremation, each option carries its own set of logistics and expenses. Determining this in advance can help your family honor your memory in the way you wish.

  2. Legal Documentation and Communication: Keeping all essential legal documents such as wills, advance directives, and end-of-life care instructions updated and accessible is crucial. Furthermore, communicating your plans with your family and the executor of your will ensures everyone involved understands your wishes and knows where to find these important documents.

  3. Selecting a Cemetery: Choosing a cemetery, if desired, can significantly ease the planning process for your family. Consider the benefits of prepaying these services to lock in prices and reduce future financial strain on your family. We can help with this, too.

  4. Financial Planning for Funeral Expenses: Addressing how to handle funeral costs—through savings, life insurance, or pre-payment plans—can prevent financial hardships for your loved ones. It’s essential to have a clear plan in place. It’s important to plan ahead.

  5. Deciding Between Burial or Cremation: This decision is a personal one but needs to be communicated clearly. If opting for burial, purchasing a plot in advance might be wise. If preferring cremation, specify your wishes for the disposition of the ashes.

  6. Detailing the Ceremony: Personalizing your funeral or memorial service can be deeply meaningful. Specify your choices for things like music, readings, and any particular rituals you would like included, which can offer great comfort to those mourning your loss.

  7. Planning Your Obituary and Eulogies: Preparing an outline or a complete obituary can ensure your life is celebrated in the manner you envision. Also, suggesting potential eulogists can help your family decide who can best honor your memory. It may sound strange, but this can actually be fun, with the right mindset!

  8. Organizing Important Contacts: Providing a list of key contacts, including your lawyer, financial advisor, and any other relevant professionals, can streamline the necessary legal and financial processes after your passing.

  9. Managing Your Digital Legacy: In today’s digital age, deciding how to handle your online presence after death is vital. Designate a digital executor to manage your social media profiles and digital assets according to your preferences.

  10. Leaving Personal Sentiments and Messages: Perhaps one of the most heartfelt preparations is leaving behind personal letters or video messages. These tokens of love can offer immense comfort and a sense of closeness to your family during their time of grief.

By taking these steps, you not only ensure your wishes are respected, but you also provide your family with a clear and organized plan that can greatly ease their emotional and administrative burden during their time of mourning.

If you need help getting started with preplanning, talk to our experts.


We understand that making decisions about a funeral can be difficult. Whether planning ahead or at a time of loss, we're here to answer questions, support, and guide you every step of the way. 


Honor your loved ones by helping them honor you and your wishes. Be prepared by making important decisions and arrangements ahead of time. We're here to help you. 

Your loved ones will be grateful, relieved, and free to grieve with grace.

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