The New Year is here and it is already on the move. 2008 is a great year to handle your business. You may have made resolutions last year that didn’t come to fruition, but now you have another chance to get things right. We all have heard people say “this year I am going to”: “lose weight,” “get organized,” “start exercising,” “read the Bible more,” and even “do my funeral planning.” Most of these things primarily benefit you, but doing your funeral planning will greatly benefit your family as well.
Unless you have experienced it, you can only imagine the difficulty families face when a loved one dies and there is no money set aside, no insurance or they don’t know where the policy is, who the beneficiary is, etc. This does not have to be.
The one to two hours it takes to pre-plan your funeral is time well spent. Time that can save your family money, and deliver them from unnecessary stress and strife at the time of your passing. Pre-planning at today’s costs saves money, because the costs of funeral services rise yearly, as does the cost of everything else. Guaranteed insurance plans are available where the interest earned offsets the increase in prices throughout the years, or existing policies can be used. At the time one’s death, families are burdened enough with the pain of the loss. Tremendous stress is relieved when the family walks into the arrangement office at the mortuary and all the funeral planning decisions are made and services paid for.
Stop procrastinating! Be of good courage and put aside your anxieties long enough to handle your business. People often say “it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.” Pre-Need Funeral Planning can be done in the comforts of your home or at the mortuary. A Pre-Need Counselor will guide you through the process, and inform you of the options available. The more informed you are the better choices you make. The better choices you make the better the outcome. When a loved one passes away we need the best outcome possible, in light of such a sad event. We can then put more energy towards coping with our loss and better support those who are grieving along with us.
Do not step out of the picture and leave your family unprepared. You have another chance to get your planning done. The best time to plan is now. Make the call.
Wishing you a productive and prosperous year!
Gail Valentine Taylor, M.S.W.