Is it unusual for a person to plan their own funeral? What steps do people interested in making their own funeral arrangements take to plan their funeral, design their funeral preferences? Is advance payment a good idea for those who see funeral arrangements as an extensions of their will and estate planning? All these questions come under the umbrella of pre-need planning, and here’s what might help you decide if this is a funeral service option for you in BC’s Lower Mainland:
Advantages of pre-planning (Pre-need)
With pre-need planning of funeral arrangements, a person relieves their family of decisions at a time of grief and turmoil at-need. It gives more time to consider specific items they’d like to choose for their funeral, cremation, memorial service or celebration of life. There is time to compare costs and also quality of funeral service providers without the time pressure of a sudden death or after a great deal of trauma.
And, by designating their funeral preferences, and sometimes even paying for them in advance they eliminate misinterpretations of what they would want. They see funeral planning as an extension of will and estate planning.
A consumer might say they have time to make BETTER decisions. The licenced funeral directors at Can-Trust-Funerals may add that their final funeral arrangements become UNQUESTIONABLE. With wishes clearly expressed and already taken care of there are no questions as to what the deceased truly would have wanted at their funeral or celebration of life.
How to work with a funeral home to get it right
A professional funeral director helps you with what you need to consider. They can help answer your questions like:
Is it a good idea to buy a cemetery plot or a niche in advance? It is an individual choice. What’s good for one family may not work well for another as each family will have its own unique needs and reasons for what they do. Cemetery plots are more expensive now as land is scarce or limited.
Your plot purchase options are to:
- Buy a plot from a private seller, such as families who already own plots but wish to sell them
The cost is often less than buying it directly from cemeteries.
- Buy directly from the cemetery.
- Consult Can-Trust-Funeral as they do have private plots or niches for sale.
If I arrange in advance, does it also mean I pay in advance? Absolutely in one way or another. Pre plans may be financed through installments and clients can put a down payment. One may also do this by creating a living will.
Should I inform my family of my wishes? Yes, it is advisable. When a family is preparing for a loss or grieving, there are many emotional dynamics in play. So instruction or last wishes may be lost. Having a final written word, especially a legal document ensures things run smooth after you pass.
Can-Trust’s funeral directors offer families caring guidance on options in the Lower Mainland community. We provide reliable, straightforward and affordable service, and with compassion, always.
Before you engage with any funeral homes, please call Can-Trust-Funeral at 604-376-7975 or email to book a free professional consultation. You are never obligated.
Our Can-Trust team of licensed funeral directors, provides funeral services in Burnaby, funeral services in Richmond, Vancouver and throughout the Lower Mainland.
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