In life, we plan for many things—weddings, retirement, our children’s education. Shouldn’t we also plan final arrangements?
Planning a life celebration
While it can be difficult to talk about, making funeral or cremation arrangements in advance can be a true gift to your family and bring you valuable peace of mind knowing that you’ve taken care of an important responsibility. By making your arrangements in advance, you can plan every detail of a life celebration that reflects your life and passions. And whether that means special music and flowers or a grandiose catered event with a string quartet, it’s all up to you. Choose a funeral home defined by professionalism, compassion and attention to detail that is second to none. The result can be a beautiful and memorable event that allows family and friends to say good-bye in a unique way, knowing that they have carried out a loved one’s wishes.
Making your wishes known
Plan everything in advance—and in detail—with the help of a professional. One of the most difficult things many families face is not being prepared for the loss of a loved one. No one should have to plan for a loss while they’re experiencing one. There are over a hundred questions that need to be answered before a funeral can take place. That can be a lot to think about when you should be focused on coming together as a family. A plan can help your loved ones to better cope with the loss, allowing them to focus on what’s most important. And, you can feel comfortable in knowing that your personal wishes are known.
Planning ahead also gives you the opportunity to highlight specific passions or hobbies in your tribute. If you’re passionate about the ocean, consider a seaside send-off complete with nautical décor and pathways made of sand. If you love hockey, a tailgate memorial may be the perfect way to bring the whole crew together. If gardening is something you cherish, consider an outdoor service resplendent with flowers—perhaps a beautiful floral trellis for guests to walk through. From simple details to a more elaborate affair, the funeral provider you choose should help you weave the essence of your life throughout all aspects of a ceremony.
However, you choose to be remembered, record your wishes and share them with the funeral home of your choice—and your loved ones. That way, you’ll have peace of mind in knowing that your final wishes are known and may be carried out just as you envisioned.
Starting the conversation
So where do you start?
Begin with the basics. Visualize how you would like to be remembered. The time to do this is now, when you can calmly and thoughtfully consider what’s important to you. One way to make the discussion less difficult is to approach the topic as a means of everyone being prepared in advance. Set aside a time when your family can gather in a comfortable setting, and allow your loved ones to share their thoughts about your plans.
To help ease the discussion with your family, Dignity Memorial® providers in the Halifax area offer a free Personal Planning Guide, a valuable planning tool where you can record and organize your final wishes. In it, you’ll find many questions that you and your family may not have considered that can help to prompt a real conversation about your options.
Request a planning guide today. Find the location nearest you.