Why pre-plan a funeral service?


Discussing mortality is an uncomfortable topic but should be discussed and planned for even when there is no seeming need.

By pre-planning funerals, burdens are relieved from loved ones making important decisions during a period of great stress and grief. When people are grieving, it is difficult to think clearly. Those making decisions are coping with a loss and wanting to uphold the wishes of the one they lost. Had they known in advance, the process could have been more fulfilling for the loved ones responsible.

It is important to realize the ritual of a funeral or memorial service isn’t for the deceased but for the living. It is a time when loved ones gather together to grieve openly, celebrate memories and provide support for one another.

Pre-planning funerals is simple. Write down preferences and share wishes with a family member or friend. Share favorite scriptures, photos, memories or songs, for example. The more that is written down, the less guess-work remains in a time of grief.

More formal arrangements such as a pre-need contract can be set up with us, Hackett-Livingston for Shenandoah funeral homes. Arrangements can be pre-funded through life insurance, bank trust agreement, or another method. This protects survivors from being burdened by funeral expenses and inflation of funeral costs in case the need arises unexpectedly. It is also helpful to ensure personal records are organized and easy to locate at the time of need.

Pre-planning, when done properly, provides peace of mind knowing arrangements are ready and pre-funded. For formal pre-planning, search for a reputable funeral home. They should be knowledgeable people you feel comfortable speaking with who make decision-making simple to understand. They will essentially become like family so be sure to pre-plan with someone you trust! We, Hackett-Livingston, provide the best service in Shenandoah funeral homes.