Usually the task of arranging for a funeral or memorial service falls to a small group or to a single survivor who may have little or no warning. These people are most often unprepared for the many decisions they need to face.
For this reason, planning ahead may be a good decision. Making your wishes known in advance can help greatly in carrying them out.
Discussing your wishes with your family is important as the funeral affects them most directly. You may wish to leave your requests flexible to allow survivors to make appropriate arrangements for the fulfillment of their own emotional needs.
Prefunding a funeral service is another way to lessen the future burden on your family members. It allows an individual to arrange a service at today's prices, thus preventing escalating costs. It also avoids later financial expense, at a time when family finances are often unsure.
Sometimes people say in an effort to spare their loved ones expense or burden, "Don't go to any trouble for me - no funeral or any of that." Reality is that family members do not realize that the simplest way may not be the best way for their loved ones. There are no shortcuts in the grieving process. A meaningful service personalized to the needs and desires of the family will be an important occasion for family and friends to remember the one who dies and to share the service together.
Please feel free to call Wade Funeral Home at any time to ask questions about funerals and/or advance planning.