Planning for a funeral is one of the most stressful, difficult and expensive things you’ll ever do.It is estimated that the average funeral in Canada can cost upwards of $4,500, which often includes an obituary, funeral, flowers, service, viewing and other important aspects.
Unfortunately, for most households and families, a funeral can be too costly. Although they would like to celebrate the life of a deceased relative, the average family can’t endure such a price-tag. This is why perhaps many people are resorting to a $500 cremation. But many individuals want to avoid this because they want a ceremony, visitation and tombstone.
Moving forward, there are multiple steps you need to take properly plan for a funeral or memorial service. This will consist of more than just the cost, and you should have somebody to assist you in this endeavour, like a friend or a family member. It is overwhelming to go it alone.
Here are five tips to plan for a funeral:
1. What to Do & How to Honour
There are numerous misapprehensions about funerals, burials, cremations and the like.
To avoid complications, you must first decide what you would like to do with the person’s physical remains (burial, cremation or alkaline hydrolysis). The next measure to think about is how you would like to honour the deceased (funeral, memorial service, body present, etc.).
The funeral director will work with you one-on-one to decide the best course of action.
2. Take a Look at Your Payment Options
As previously alluded to, a funeral can be rather exorbitant for the average person or family. These things have to be done, and you have to take a look at your payment options: personal savings, insurance, a payment system (financing), credit cards or a special product at your financial institution known as a trotten trust.
If you know that somebody in your family will be dying in the next year or two then you also have the option of arranging payments in advance with a local funeral home.
3. A Close Affair or an Extravagant Event
Do you just want family members and close friends or do you want as many people as possible? It is entirely up to you to choose if you want a close affair or an extravagant event.
The former would primarily include best friends and immediate family in a modest setting. The latter may include things like pallbearers, webcasting, memorial videos, officiants, eulogies and catering. Indeed, the former would be a lot cheaper than the latter.
4. Consider Asking for Charitable Donations
In the event that your loved one passed away from Alzheimer’s disease, breast cancer or obesity then perhaps requesting charitable donations to a specific cause or organization would be best.
5. It’s Time to Say Goodbye
The hardest part of all of this is saying goodbye, whether it is to a parent, spouse or sibling. Knowing that you will never see them again can be troubling and heartbreaking. This is something that you will have to come to grips with at the funeral.
By choosing a plot or tombstone, you can always return to the cemetery and pay your respects, show your love and be gracious whenever you please. Others can also say goodbye and regularly show their love, affection and appreciation for the person in question by having a cemetery plot.
We are alive today, and we expect to be alive tomorrow. Therefore, most of us never really plan our funerals or provide the necessary funding for such an event. It is morose, morbid and, to be honest, miserable. Unfortunately, when you don’t want loved ones to bear the burden, it is something you have to handle before you perish and head on to whatever is next after you die.