Nobody wants to think about what happens when that time comes, in fact we don’t even like to say the word, but giving some pre-thought to your funeral arrangements is probably one of the most thoughtful things you can do for your family and loved ones, because it spares them the responsibility of having to arrange it all whilst grieving for their loss.
If you’ve ever lost someone yourself, you will know just how difficult it can be to make level-headed decisions when you’re affected by grief, and you’re also put under strict timescales. You will probably also know that this can be a very expensive time too, and when you’re struggling with strong emotions, it can all feel a bit too much. Sparing your loved ones this upset and anxiety may be right at the top of your list.
If this is the case, then giving some thought to your own personal funeral arrangements is something you need to do ahead of time. You can simply think about what you would like to happen, look at specifics, such as the large selection of memorial stones on the market, if that is the option you would like to go down, and of course where you would like remains to be either buried or scattered. You can set the wheels in motion to arrange for things to be done when the time comes, and you can even pre-pay if you’re in a position to do so, taking the money worry away from your loved ones.
However you decide to proceed, it’s important to put your wishes and arrangements in writing, and to keep a copy somewhere safe at home, give a copy to a designated loved one, and possibly even to your legal representative, so everyone is clear what your wishes are when the time comes. It’s not the best idea to outline this in your will and nowhere else, as often the will isn’t actioned until after the funeral, and by then obviously the time has passed.
You might be rolling your eyes at reading this, or shaking your head, deeming it as far too depressing a thought, but thinking about it now simply means it is sorted out, and you can forget about it later, firmly fixed on enjoying the rest of your time, whilst also safe in the knowledge that you have saved your family and loved ones extra responsibility when the time unfortunately does come.
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