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Why You Should Preplan Your Funeral 

Thinking about one’s own mortality isn’t exactly how most people want to spend their free time. Yet, taking the time to consider your own final arrangements, discuss them with your family and finalize them with a funeral director can bring immeasurable comfort to those who will be left mourning your death, long after the funeral.

1. Grief is hard enough without 100+ details to attend to.

Losing someone you love is one of the most difficult experiences a person can go through. While families grapple with their loss, the list of things they must do is extensive.

Even the most basic of services come with decisions to make, people to call and fees to pay. Add on casket or urn selection, where to bury or scatter your remains, what kind of flowers to have and food to provide guests, finding your vital paperwork and records, cancelling credit cards and accounts… All these tasks create quite a heavy burden when added to grief.

2. Advance funeral planning saves you and your family money.

Paying for your funeral expenses means your family won’t be left to foot the bill when the time comes. But prepaid funeral plans have other benefits, too. By paying today, you won’t be paying inflated prices in years, or even decades, to come. Your money is protected by insurance or a trust, and if you move out of state, funds will be transferred to your funeral home of choice

3. Pre-planning also gifts your family time.

When a family doesn’t need to worry about any decisions that need to be made, or spend time meeting with a funeral director, they are freed up to be wherever they need to be most, whether it’s with family and friends, handling matters unrelated to the funeral, or just taking the time and space to process their loss and grieve. Planning arrangements ahead of time gives you time, too. If you change your mind, you can always revisit your plan to make any necessary adjustments.

4. It’s your funeral.

Making your own final arrangements in advance ensures your wishes are met when you’re no longer able to advocate for yourself. You can plan just the basics, like how you want your body and remains handled and where you want your service, or you can plan every last detail, down to the shoes you will wear and the music that will be played. It’s up to you.

5. Talking about it can open up a bigger discussion.

Making your own final arrangements in advance ensures your wishes are met when you’re no longer able to advocate for yourself. You can plan just the basics, like how you want your body and remains handled and where you want your service, or you can plan every last detail, down to the shoes you will wear and the music that will be played. It’s up to you.

Talking about end of life decisions together can provide your loved ones with insights that will help them honor and remember you in a meaningful way.

6. Advanced planners can make the process easy.

The job of a funeral director and advanced planners is to help remove as much unnecessary difficulty from the planning process as possible. We are here to educate you about your options and guide you through the process, so you can make the best decisions for you and your loved ones.

The experienced staff at Bean Funeral Homes and Crematory at all our locations – Shillington, Reading and Sinking Spring – are always available to answer any questions you may have and help you create the right plan. You can even do most of your planning online, if you prefer.

7. It’s never too early to start planning.

While nothing is as uncertain as to the day and time of our death, nothing is as certain as the inevitability of that day. There are many benefits of preplanning a funeral, and finalizing your memorial service, funeral or celebration of life ahead of time will make things much easier for your loved ones later, and give you peace of mind today.

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