A s a Funeral Director for over 30 years I have definitely seen the benefits of preplanning a funeral. At the time of death, your loved ones maybe making Funeral Arrangements for the first time and under pressure they maybe unable to clearly think and relay to the Funeral Director the wishes and desires of their loved one.
A carefully preplanned funeral can be most comforting to your family--it spares them from making decisions that can be emotionally difficult at the time of a loved ones death. I can attest to the fact that preplanning can give the family members great Peace of Mind in knowing that they have fulfilled the wishes of their loved one. As a Funeral Director I recommend you talk and express your thoughts and wishes in regarding your funeral plans with your family and Funeral Director. Having prewritten funeral.instructions are of great benefit-they allow the Funeral Director and your family to meet your expressed wishes, and ease the burden on your loved ones, which gives them the time they need to emotionally adjust. We can provide you with Funeral Instruction Forms and the Biographical Information Form, they are provided so you may take the necessary time to discuss, make, and record you decisions in regards to the type of Ceremony and burial you prefer. When you have completed the forms, you may send a copy to the funeral home and it will be kept on file. I advise you to place the original with your preplanning booklet in a safe, designated place. Keeping it in a Safe Deposit Box is not recommended, as they are usually frozen at the time of ones death.
Those who plan ahead can be assured that not only are their personal wishes fulfilled, but that at the time of need unnecessary difficulties on their family can be avoided.