Death is a subject that most people don’t care to talk too much about, especially when the topic of conversation is their own death.
No matter who you are, there will come a day when someone is going to have to take on that discussion. The big question you should be asking yourself about death is whether you want to let your loved ones know what kind of funeral arrangements you’d like while you’re still alive, or would you rather make them guess at it while they’re deep in grief?
Of course you won’t be able to attend your own funeral but, if you’re like most people, you probably have some ideas about what you’d like to happen with your remains once you’ve exited this mortal coil.
What follows are a few suggestions for insuring that your loved ones are able to give you exactly the kind of send-off you most desire.
Pre-Plan As Much As You Can
A pre-planned funeral is a gift you can give your family at a time when they’ll desperately be needing all the help you can get.
For starters, a pre-planned funeral is also a pre-paid funeral. That means your loved ones won’t have to agonize over funeral expenses when they should be grieving their loss. Given the fact that the average funeral costs somewhere around $10,000; that’s a pretty big deal for a family who may have just lost their primary breadwinner.
Pre-planned funerals also take the guesswork out funeral planning and nip ugly arguments right in the bud. If you come from a religious family, but would like a non-religious funeral service, spelling out that fact in advance is a must.
Keeping Funeral Costs in Check
Pre-paid or not, funerals can be very expensive and anything you can do to knock that price down today is going to be a big help to your family down the line. One overlooked method of reducing funeral costs is through body donation.
Donating your body to science through a service like Science Care can reduce your overall funeral expenses in a major way.
For starters, the company takes care of all the expenses associated with transporting your remains from wherever you expire to a licensed mortuary. After that, they pay to have your body shipped to an accredited research facility where tissue and/or organ samples are removed.
Once the researchers have completed their work, your body is returned to a mortician for cremation and, if you wish, returned to your family for a memorial service or funeral.
Between the cost of transportation and cremation alone can save your family thousands of dollars in funeral expenses. That makes body donation something you might want to seriously consider.
There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to funeral planning. What’s most important is to come up with something that’s going to bring peace to your loved ones, without leaving them bankrupt. Trudging through this territory isn’t always easy but, if you’re willing to do the work, it can save your survivors some major heartache.