Thinking about your death may not be pleasant, but there are several reasons why you should consider your funeral arrangements and make a funeral plan, including pre-purchasing as much of the funeral as possible. This usually includes your cemetery plot, casket, headstone, and other physical items. In some cases, you can pay for your entire funeral service in advance.
You Can Save Money
Purchasing a burial package in advance can save you money in several ways. First, you will pay today's prices, which will likely increase over the years. Second, you will be able to shop around and carefully consider your options, which you may not be able to do when pressed for time.
You Can Spread the Cost out Over Years
Funerals can be expensive, especially if you are purchasing a cemetery plot. Purchasing in advance allows you to spread that cost over several years, which can make it possible for you to purchase the plot and funeral you really want, as opposed to paying the entire cost at the time of your death.
You Can Express Yourself the Way You Want
Cemeteries often have rules about which types of markers can be used in which areas of the cemetery. There may be height, color, and style restrictions in certain areas. By carefully planning ahead, you can ensure that your design and materials will be approved for the section you want to be buried in. The same principle applies if you intend to purchase a spot for your urn in a columbarium.
You Will Take Pressure off of Your Loved Ones
Rushing through funeral arrangements is not a pleasurable task. This is even more true if you are dealing with the grief of recent death. If you make your own arrangements well before you die, you will take pressure off yourself and your loved ones. This will allow your loved ones to concentrate on their grieving process without making important financial decisions on the spot.
You Can Get To Know Your Final Resting Place
While not everyone wants to think about where they will be buried, some people find it comforting to visit their cemetery plot. In some cases, seeing that you will have a nice place to be remembered can help you come to terms with death.
For most people, purchasing a cemetery plot and making funeral arrangements should be thought of as an investment that will help ensure a smooth funeral for those you care about.