Funeral Pre-Planning: The Ultimate Gift of Love

By: Batchelor Brothers Funeral Services
Sunday, April 26, 2020

Any time is a good time to plan your funeral—except after you’ve already passed away. Can you imagine planning a wedding in just a few days? Or taking a trip abroad on the fly?

Why leave the ultimate celebration of your life to the last minute and without your guidance as to how it should be carried out? In this article, we’ll examine some of the best reasons to consider arranging your funeral in advance.

Relieve the burden on your loved ones at a difficult and emotional time. Did you know that more than 80 decisions must be made within the first few hours of a loved one’s death? It can be virtually impossible to think rationally during this period of shock and grief. Pre-planning your funeral provides the ultimate peace of mind, and it’s one among the most thoughtful gifts you can give to your family.

Avoid making hasty decisions. Most funerals are thrown together in a few days, which can lead to poor choices and rash decisions. When you pre-plan, you have the opportunity to be methodical about every aspect of the process.

Eliminate second-guessing as to what you would have wanted. If your wishes aren’t made known, those left behind will be left to guess what your funeral preferences might be. Pre-planning gives your loved ones direction regarding your wants and desires, so they can rest assured they’re giving you the proper send off.

Enjoy convenience and flexibility. You can always change the details of your funeral plan at any time, should your preferences change. The plans are easy to set up and adjust with a simple phone call.

Reduce the chance of disagreements. Sadly, many families experience disputes and hard feelings when arranging for a loved one’s unexpected death. Because memories of the decedent’s wishes sometimes contradict each other, disagreements can easily arise. Such infighting can drive bitter emotions and even damage the healing process. By making your plans now, your loved ones will now precisely what your wishes are, so there’s much less chance of family disunity.

Ensure that your funeral is carried out according to your wishes. You can outline virtually every detail of your funeral in your plans. For example, you can:

·       Decide on burial or cremation and the type of casket or urn you’d prefer

·       Choose the type of service you want

·       Select a funeral home

·       Designate pallbearers

·       Choose the music and readings for your service

·       Indicate your preferences for the repast

Give yourself the gift of peace of mind. After completing your pre-arrangement plan, it actually ends up enhancing your future too. By having these details planned out in advance, you can live every day with the knowledge that someday your family will receive one of the greatest gifts of love possible.

At Batchelor Brothers Funeral Services, our caring professionals are here for you 24 hours a day, seven days a week with robust virtual resources to assist you with every aspect of the funeral pre-planning process. Please reach out to us anytime with questions or to get started on your personal funeral plan.

About Batchelor Brothers Funeral Services: As a leading African American-owned and operated funeral and cremation organization serving three states, Batchelor Brothers Funeral Services has provided a ministry of care to thousands of grieving families. We promise to provide our highest level of distinguished service and respect to families who entrust us to honor their loved one. In all aspects of the funeral process, we strive to be the absolute best and are honored to help preserve our clients’ legacies for future generations.  For more information, please call us at 215-549-4700 or visit our website.

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