How To Plan Your Own Funeral

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If you've ever been involved in planning somebody's funeral, you already know that it can be a very difficult and emotional time. The deceased person's loved ones are already grieving; planning a funeral just makes matters harder. Sometimes there are even disagreements over the way the service should be conducted, whether or not there should be an open casket, or even deciding if the loved one should be cremated. Fortunately, you can avoid much of this hassle by planning your own funeral ahead of time. Another great benefit of planning your own funeral is that you can pay for it now, relieving your loved ones of that burden. If you've decided to plan your own funeral, here are some ideas that might help you.

Meet With A Funeral Director - A good place to start is by speaking face-to-face with the director of the funeral home you select. At this time, you will tell the funeral director whether you want to be cremated or whether you want to have a traditional burial service. If you have decided on cremation, you'll have to find a funeral home that has a crematorium, of course. If you have selected a traditional funeral, you will select your coffin. Give the funeral director names and contact information to those who will be planning your funeral services. 

The Funeral Service - Remember that among the reasons to have a funeral service is to comfort those who have been left behind and to begin closure. Think of ways that you can accomplish those things as part of your funeral service.

  • Ask individuals that are close to you to give the eulogy and to tell a history of your life. It will be very helpful if you write your personal history, including your birthdate, your place of birth, and places you've lived. 
  • Don't forget to include personal anecdotes, information on your hobbies and interests, awards you have received, places you have traveled and interesting points regarding your education and your career.
  • Consider asking somebody to read a letter where you express gratitude for things like your family, your friends and your life's experiences. This is an appropriate time to share with others what your beliefs are and to bear testimony of those things that are most important to you. 
  • Select music for the service. Some good choices for hymns are How Great Thou Art, Amazing Grace and Holy, Holy, Holy. Patriotic songs or music that represents your culture are also good choices.

Be sure to let your loved ones know that you have arranged your own funeral. Give them copies of all the paperwork you got from the funeral home, including proof that you have already paid for all services. For more information about funeral planning, contact a business such as Louis Suburban Chapel Inc.

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