3 Facts And Statistics About Funerals And Cremation Every Pre-Planner Should Know


Knowing that eventually there will be an end to your life may be a hard fact to face, but planning your funeral in advance will definitely make things a lot easier on your loved ones. In a lot of cases, the discomfort with making funeral arrangements in advance comes from the general tendency for people to keep quiet about the entire process and avoid it in discussion at all. To help you feel a little better about preparing your own funeral plans, it is a good idea to take a look at few unusual facts and statistics regarding funeral homes and cremation. 

Funeral Pre-Planning Is Growing to Be Pretty Common - According to an article in The Milwaukee Business Journal, funeral directors are seeing as much as a 20 percent jump in the number of clients they have looking to make their own funeral arrangements over the last five years and about half of all funerals are now pre-arranged beforehand. Therefore, even if you are a little uneasy about the whole process, you should know that you definitely are not the first pre-planner, so there is no reason to feel awkward during your planning meeting with a funeral director. 

Preplanning and Prepaying Do Not Have to Be Concurrent Actions - If you have been putting off making your own funeral plans because you do not yet have room in the budget to pay the expenses, you should know that this is not necessary. You can make plans on your own now and start making payments as you can afford it. A report in 2008 showed that about 20 million Americans had pre-arranged their funeral, but only about 53 percent paid for the arrangements at one time, while 44 percent chose to make payments over time instead. So even if you don't yet have the funding to pay the full bill, it is perfectly normal to start planning anyway. 

Better Financial Decisions Are Made in the Absence of Grief - Having to take on the responsibility of planning a funeral after a sudden death involves a lot of trauma and emotional grief for loved ones. Therefore, not only is it a good idea for you to make your own funeral arrangements, but to encourage your significant other to do the same. Making decisions about embalming, cremation, and even caskets can be overwhelming when you are suffering a loss, which could lead you to make sudden decisions that are expensive. 

With these few facts in mind, it is easier to understand why preplanning your own funeral is a logical decision and why there is nothing strange or morbid about it. For more information, contact a funeral home like W J Smith & Son Funeral Home with any questions you have.  


27 August 2015

Planning Your Loved One’s Funeral

A couple of weeks ago, one of my dear family friend’s suffered the loss of her husband. After a brief illness, he passed away at a local hospital. Immediately after his passing, she started planning the funeral arrangements. She didn’t want his funeral to be a sad occasion. Instead, she wanted the service to celebrate his amazing life. She worked tirelessly with the professional staff at a local funeral home in order to plan the order and type of service for the funeral. On this blog, you will discover tips for planning a funeral service that will celebrate the life of your deceased loved one.