Easing Grief in Times of Death
Death is a reality we all have to face at one time or another. Although these times of grief can take a great toll on our emotions, there is a way to make the process less painful. You can do this by pre planning a funeral and making all the necessary arrangements well in advance. This ensures the dead loved one get exactly what they want in a funeral service and the family members have less of a burden in trying to make the “right” decisions.
Pre-plan with a Funeral Director
You can go talk to a Funeral Director. They will offer you some great advice and will get you on the road to preparedness. Big decisions are required in funeral planning. The Funeral Director will setup a contract with you in order for you to make the necessary payments and the specific details of the service itself. Everything from the type of casket or urn, the size of the viewing room, and the obituary are covered under the contract.
In the long run, making these funeral arrangements now can save you thousands of dollars. It roughly takes about $10,000 to pay for a funeral and burial. Most people don’t realize, however, that a funeral service and a burial are two separate bills. One is paid to the Funeral Home and one to the Cemetery.
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Pay and Plan in Advance
The more in advance these expenses are paid for the better off you and your family will be. It would be terrible for these not to be paid for at the time of death and the family members are forced to come up with the money up front. This can easily happen if there is a problem with the type of life insurance policy in possession or, worse, having no life insurance at all. This can cause great burdens and controversy within the surviving family members.
For example, my friend’s mother died unexpectedly. She had no life insurance and had not made any prior funeral arrangements. My friend was distraught. Already trying to cope with the loss of his mother, he was also forced with the burden of hastily making the arrangements for her and to pay for it all by himself. He ended up having to take up donations. But still worse, he and friends had to dig her grave themselves because he couldn’t afford to have the cemetery do it. This had to be heartbreaking for him to have to dig his own mother’s grave. All of this could have been avoided if only they simply made the arrangements beforehand. The above example shows us that it’s never too early to plan for a funeral. It shows us just how greatly important preplanning a funeral is both for ourselves but most importantly for our surviving family me