Many describe planning their own funeral as uniquely interesting, rewarding, and satisfying. It often leaves those with a new level of peace of mind. Others, however, struggle to get started. The process may seem overwhelming, and they may not quite know where to get started.
To help, we have put together a list of the four best tips to get started on planning your own funeral.
1. Educate Yourself
Begin reading about the ins and outs of the funeral planning process and all the choices that will have to be made. You will quickly realize that you will be taking a bit of the burden of these myriad decisions from your loved ones. There will also likely be a certain sense of satisfaction in making your choices known. At Fares J. Radel Funeral Homes and Crematory, our website contains hundreds of blogs and useful links to help you get started. We are also available to answer any questions you may have in your planning process.
2. Research Funeral Homes to Find the Best Match
Funeral homes today range from privately owned entities to those that are part of very large corporations. What are your priorities?
At Fares J. Radel, we have been serving families in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area for over 126 years. We have multiple convenient locations, including the only privately owned crematorium in the Greater Cincinnati area. We have always been a progressive, innovative leader in our industry and can assist you in planning final services that are unique and respectful. Whoever you choose, try to make sure you are comfortable with them and that you are a good match.
3. Only Purchase What You Want
One of the big advantages of planning your own funeral is that you can control your choices and budget. It is important to keep in mind the feelings and emotions of loved ones, however. Make sure they have the opportunity to grieve your passing in a respectful way. In other words, be careful about being too frugal or selfish in your planning. Leave the room and allow for loved ones, family, and friends to get together and share in their loss. This is the point of tip number 4.
4. Seek Input and Share Your Plans with Others
It can be extremely important to share your plans and seek input from those closest to you. Explain why you are making the choices you are, but be prepared to listen. It could avoid arguments and hard feelings in the future. Sure, these are your decisions, but if you really want to feel good about your final plans, make sure those around you can accept them. Make sure you put your plans and wishes in writing.
When it comes to preplanning a funeral, we have seen it all. Some plans are extremely detailed down to the time of day, songs, Bible verses, and final clothes, down to the very basics, like “cremate me and don’t make a fuss.”
If you have questions or would like some guidance, please feel free to reach out to our caring staff. When you are ready to move forward, we can even come to your home if that is more comfortable for you.
We are Fares J. Radel Funeral Homes and Crematory of Greater Cincinnati, Ohio, and Northern Kentucky. We would be honored to serve you and your family.