Written by Dave Laemers
Posted in conjunction with Basic Funerals
Death is an unavoidable part of life. As a widow, you have had the unfortunate experience of dealing with death on a deeply personal level. It’s hard. You know it, we know it, cased closed. Or so you’d think. It’s now more important than ever that you take the steps to ensure your affairs are taken care of. Here are five reasons that pre-planning is so beneficial.
Honour your wishes:
When you move forward in the process of pre-planning, you are ensuring that your final wishes are honoured. Often, this provides you with the freedom and authority to choose exactly what happens to your body and your estate after you pass. Whether you prefer a cremation or a burial, an open casket or closed, a funeral or a memorial, the choice remains in your capable hands.
Organize your estate:
When you pre-plan your funeral arrangements you are able to get all your affairs in order. This means there will be no battles with lawyers, disagreements about wills, or arguments over your worldly possessions. It not only eliminates an unnecessary headache but makes your passing a more peaceful, and quarrel-free event. Grief can make people do and say crazy things- that’s often how families get divided. Pre-planning negates the need for individuals to get overly involved because all the arrangements have already been made.
The advantages regarding your finances come in two separate parts. The first is complete financial security. You can easily prepare for your death by making all the arrangements and either paying the bill in full or in monthly installments. This is another factor that eases the burden on your family and friends. Your loved ones won’t have to worry about the expense of a funeral. They won’t have to worry about doing right by you with an overly expensive service and they won’t have to worry about being oversold by a pushy funeral home. They won’t have to worry because you will have taken care of it all.
Financial preparation teaches you about what you have, what you can spend, and where to spend it. This is especially important if your late spouse was in charge of your combined finances. The process provides peace of mind and inspires confidence in your financial know-how.
Ease of mind:
The overarching theme here is that pre-planning provides peace of mind. The process outlined above provides individuals with opportunity to control and take care of their future. It makes the whole situation proceed as smoothly and effortlessly as possible. It’s the gift that keeps on giving, long after you’re gone.
Take a moment now to assess your position regarding the above categories. If you have any questions, concerns, or comments, please do not hesitate to reach out to Basic Funerals. Our helpful staff is here to assist you.