No one wants to think about life after they’re gone. But the fact of the matter is: death is inevitable. Planning for it now provides peace of mind for you and your family, and it also helps reduce the financial strain on loved ones.
Here are four things to know when preplanning your funeral:
- Decide if you want to be buried or cremated.
Burial is a more traditional practice that is preferred by many religions. There are burial options for nearly any budget, including a sustainable “green burial” option. However, the timeline is very tight: burials generally take place within three days of the death.
By contrast, cremation is not condoned by all religions—but it is cost-effective, environmentally friendly and provides great flexibility. Just make sure this is the option you and your loved ones want: it is a permanent action that cannot be reversed.
- Choose your final resting place.
If you opt for burial, you can decide between a traditional, in-ground burial or above-ground interment in a mausoleum. Those choosing cremation have a little more freedom: inter cremated remains in a burial plot or columbarium, place them in a memorial garden or scatter them.
- Select your arrangements.
Do you want a traditional funeral service or a more vibrant life celebration? Do you envision a quiet, graveside service or a funeral home gathering with food and drink? Preplanning your funeral gives you complete control over how you want to be remembered and ensures no detail is overlooked.
- Determine how you’ll pay for it.
Prepaying protects you from inflation costs and ensures your family won’t have to bear the financial burden later on. You can pay for your arrangements the day you decide on them; Flanner Buchanan also offers flexible options to pay over time.
Discover more planning information online now or contact us at (317) 387-7000 to set up an appointment.