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How can I prearrange my funeral?

One of the benefits of prearranging a funeral is that you don’t have to make planning decisions in a hurry. You will have the luxury of being able to talk to a number of funeral homes before deciding on the one you are most comfortable with.

Draw up a “short list” of two or three funeral homes in your area. Most funeral homes will give you information over the phone or by mail, but it may be helpful to make an appointment to discuss the funeral process in person.

Prepare for this meeting in advance:

  • Ask yourself about preferences you have regarding the service: traditional or non-religious
  • Would you want to be buried or cremated?
  • Do you have a particular cemetery in mind?
  • What type of music would best reflect your life and passions?
  • Are there readings or poems that would add meaning to your ceremony?
  • Are there other gestures you would include? (i.e. having a tree planted in your memory; having a faithful pet in attendance; releasing balloons; integrating important cultural traditions)
  • Provide information about people who need to be notified in the event of your death
  • Make a list of important papers, such as wills or insurance policies, and their location
  • Remember to mention religious affiliation, cultural customs, or other meaningful items that could be included in the service
  • Think about personal information relating to your life you might want to include in a newspaper notice

If you find yourself hesitating about making these plans, it’s natural -discussing and planning for death can be surprisingly difficult. Whether you write your own instructions, or get the help of a funeral home, it’s important to let someone know where the information is, so it can easily be found by survivors at the time of death. If you would like further information you may also visit our Advanced Planning section within this website.

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