There are very few things that cannot be planned for ahead of the event. Today, funeral services are no different. If you are willing, you can take care of those details that bog down grieving family members before it is a reality or even an issue.
What are prepaid funeral plans?
Prepaid plans allow you to plan out every detail of your funeral service, down to the eulogy if you are so inclined. It can actually bring peace of mind to not only the person who is planning their funeral but also for the family members to take some of the sting out of death.
Let’s begin at the beginning. Begin with where you will be interred. Choosing where you will rest is important. Many people purchase family plots so that their immediate family doesn’t have to worry about that part of the process. You can pay for the plots over time so that they are fully covered in case of accidental death and death due to illness.
Then there are the other factors that go into planning a funeral. Let’s begin with the casket. There are tons of them on the market, like cars on the showroom floor. We are not talking about a wooden box here, but you don’t have to have the Rolls Royce either. Consider what the monthly breakdown will be for you before deciding on which one to buy.
In some states, burial vaults are necessary for burial. These are steel boxes that house the casket when they bury individuals one on top of the other to maintain the integrity of the plot. This is done to save space in cities. If one is required, you will incur that cost. However, you don’t have to spend a lot on the casket since it will be protected from the elements inside the vault.
There are flower arrangements to consider. Most people purchase funeral wreaths but there is no hard and fast rule that says you have to have one. A few vases of beautifully arranged flowers placed around the casket are just as lovely and can be taken home and enjoyed by the family afterwards. You can arrange this on your own without using the funeral homes services.
There is embalming for the body and presentation. If you choose to go with cremation, this can be avoided and so can the cost of a casket and a viewing. The urn can be prominently placed along with portraits for the family hour.
As regards presentation, even if you opt for casket burial you can choose a favorite outfit you or your family member loved. Buying new clothing is not necessary.
The benefit of prepaid plans is that you can pick and choose your services and pay over time so that no one is burdened at the end.