Here’s Why You Should Plan Your Funeral Now

By: VGFS
Monday, October 1, 2018

Talking about death forces us to face our own mortality. That can feel foreboding and it tends to make us uncomfortable. But since death is inevitable for everyone, funeral planning in advance just makes sense.

Here are some good reasons to overcome the hesitancy and consider planning your funeral now:

You get to make your own decisions. Most people like to feel in control over decisions that affect their lives, and often that extends to their end-of-life choices. While no one can predict the time and circumstances of death, many take comfort in knowing they’ve selected the type of burial, location and funeral they want. Keep in mind that funeral preplanning doesn’t have to include prepayment.

It lessens the likelihood of family conflict. If you’ve ever tried to plan a family get-together, party, or reunion, you know that suggestions and differing opinions abound. Factor in the intense emotions surrounding a loved one’s passing along with personality clashes among multiple family members, and you’re looking at the recipe for some serious family squabbles. While you can’t guarantee your family members will abide by your choices, advance funeral planning documents your wishes and provides a guideline.

It’s a gift to your loved ones. Planning a funeral is a massive undertaking for grieving family members who are physically and emotionally exhausted. It can be hard to think clearly or, in some cases, make rational decisions. If some or all of the funeral planning has been done in advance, the burden of making rapid, costly choices at a challenging time is eased. Reducing the stress for your loved ones is a wonderful, thoughtful gift.

You’ll have peace of mind.  Knowing that your final wishes will be carried out and you won’t leave your family in a frenzy planning your funeral will take a load off your mind. Your family will have time to grieve and remember you, and that can be very satisfying.

You can find helpful information about funeral preplanning on our website. If you have additional questions or want to learn more, please reach out to us anytime.

About Vaughn Greene Funeral Services: For more than 20 years, Vaughn Greene Funeral Services has been providing a ministry of care to Baltimore’s African American community. As a leading local, minority- and family-owned provider, we promise to provide our highest level of service and respect to families who entrust us to honor their loved one. For more information, please call us at 410.655.0015 or visit us online at https://vaughncgreene.com/.

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