Funeral Planning Must Be Done
Funeral and Planning aren’t common words in too many households. Especially used together. And we are aware. This is even true in households that plan their next vacation down to the last minute.
We have no problem planning children’s education, a night out and/or family vacations. Many of us even take care of retirement planning. But, we conveniently forget about the day all of us will visit. Senior Outreach Ministries does not say this should be your most important plan. It says it should be one of your plans.
You can start anywhere in the funeral planning process. But know there are three phases. Pre-funeral, funeral and post-funeral. Right now you are pre-funeral. And that’s a good thing, right?
So, a good starting point is making your wishes known to your next of kin. Because some folks want to be buried. And some folks want to be cremated. Don’t let the person planning your funeral deal with this detail and have to guess your preference.
Talk to your survivors while you are still alive. Learn how many people will be involved. And never leave all the chores at the feet of one person. Unless it’s absolutely necessary.
A funeral isn’t the time to learn no one is willing to help. Because, that’s obviously bad timing. And you want to know that beforehand. So you can act accordingly. And if one person is carrying the funeral planning load make it as easy as possible.
A myriad of documents will be involved:
- Death Certificate
- Social Security Card
- Marriage Certificate
- Birth Certificate
- Divorce Decree
- VA Card
- Driver License
- Vehicle Registration
- Bank Accounts
- Insurance Policies
- Discharge Papers
- Income Tax Forms
- Loan Contracts
- Credit Card Accounts
Other not so common documents include:
- Durable Power of Attorney
- Advance Directive
- Living Will
- Health Proxy
So make sure the person or people handling this for you has access to as many of these documents as possible.
Don’t be surprised if your local jurisdiction requires its own set of documents. Death is certain but only the government makes it final.
This article did not address the second or third phase. And we did this on purpose. They each have their own articles. Each phase is an important phase. And deserves its own place on the carousel of life.
Accepting that the day will come for all of us is actually the very first and most important step. None of us know that date. And most of us don’t want to think about it. But, we all know it can be tomorrow or even today.
Funeral planning doesn’t have to be what kills you. Because it’s nothing more than preparing the living for a smooth transition. And tidying up all the loose ends. It’s far better for all remaining parties. So make sure the details are addressed and addressed correctly. Because, if nothing else, you’ll rest easier.
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