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Five Mistakes To Avoid When Pre-planning

We prepare for many things in life: from little things like grocery lists, to bigger things like weddings. And yet, we don’t prepare for our own final arrangements. It’s a difficult thing to think about, and sometimes it feels like the easiest solution is to tell our families not to do anything for us at all. But this isn’t the best solution for your loved ones. Funerals are an important step toward healing, and coming together to grieve as a community is an invaluable part of that process. However, planning funeral arrangements can be hard. Your family will have to make many difficult decisions while planning your final goodbye. It will be a lot for them to deal with while grieving.

Pre-planning your final arrangements frees your loved ones from the strain of making difficult decisions, and easing the related financial burdens can be a priceless gift. However, if you’ve never thought about pre-planning before, you could run into some mistakes. Here are some of the most common ones, and how to avoid them.

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Waiting too long

It’s impossible to know what the future holds. Putting a plan in place while you are healthy and can think rationally about the process ensures your funeral will be exactly what you want. Pre-planning should take place as soon as you feel ready to begin the process. 

Not seeking out more information

The best way to make a good decision is to have as much information about your options as possible. The people you love will be affected by the decisions you make about your funeral. It’s important to have everything you need to make a decision that’s right for you and your family. A funeral director is a great source of information and experience. The experts at Bean Funeral Home and Crematory will help you understand your options and make the choices that best suit your needs.

Leaving your family out of the conversation

When you pre-plan, you don’t just do it for yourself—you do it for your family, too, because they’re the ones who will experience it. It’s important to remember that they will also have needs, and knowing that now will help you make arrangements that will be as comforting for them as possible. This will make your loss easier on the ones you love by celebrating your life in the way you all want.

Planning only for burial or cremation, and not a service

Planning the details of your final remains is an important part of making advanced arrangements. But many people make the mistake of stopping there, and not considering service arrangements as well. Allowing your family and friends to gather and honor your life is an important part of the healing process, and one that the people who love you might strongly feel is necessary. When you don’t plan your service, you leave the burden of decision-making to your family. Take the uncertainty and stress out of the experience by giving them the gift of a planned, personalized service.

Not making any advanced plans at all

Here at Bean Funeral Home and Crematory, we’ve seen the difference pre-planning makes for families who are navigating grief and loss. Time and time again, we’ve heard families express relief and gratitude to their loved one for their decision to pre-plan. The knowledge that everything has been taken care of allows them to mourn without burden, and begin the journey toward healing.

It’s never too late, and you’re never too young, to consider pre-planning. The expert and compassionate staff at Bean Funeral Home and Crematory is here to help. If you’d like to know more about the process and what your options are, we are always here to answer any questions. To learn more, call us any time at 1-610-376-1129.

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