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Preparing for a Funeral Checklist September 19, 2016

Planning is a useful and beneficial process throughout our lives. We may make plans for a wedding, plans to have children and plan for their education. We make plans to buy a house or plan for retirement. Yet for many, planning for their own funeral may be something they are reluctant to take on.

This reluctance may be based in an unwillingness to face our own mortality. It may be simple procrastination. It also may because we just don’t know where to start. For those who need some help, a pre-planning checklist can help.

Understand the Importance of Pre-Planning

When you understand the importance of planning your funeral, you will likely follow through. Take the time to understand how appreciative family members will be that you have taken some of the burden from them in a trying time. Understand the peace of mind knowing your wishes will be carried through. While a quick, inexpensive burial or cremation may be your desire, a thoughtful properly planned funeral can help those who care about you through the grieving process.

Decide to Pre-Plan, Pre-Pay, or Both

You don’t necessarily have to completely pre-pay for your funeral to pre-plan it. This is often the case where life insurance proceeds may be used to cover final expenses. Don’t let the fact that you don’t have the resources to pay for your funeral in advance deter you from planning it.

Cremation or Burial

One of the most significant steps in pre-planning is making the decision whether you prefer a traditional burial or cremation. Making that decision and putting it in writing is an important step in the process. If you have questions about what is involved in either choice and how it affects costs, feel free to contact us at Fares J. Radel Funeral Homes and Crematory.


Pre-planning allows you to make some decisions on meaningful details at your funeral. What music would you like played? Who do you want to say a few words? Would you prefer a more celebratory atmosphere? What about flowers vs donations to a favorite charity? All of this should be documented. Pre-planning can also help make sure that details that are important to you are included in your obituary.

How We Can Help

At Fares J. Radel Funeral Homes and Crematory, we have seen firsthand the benefits of preplanning for families throughout the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area. It is why we want you to consider pre-planning and perhaps an irrevocable funeral trust to pay for your funeral. We encourage you to download our complete e-book “A Guide to Planning Your Own Funeral”. In it you’ll learn more about:

  • Why you should preplan
  • What’s involved
  • How to financially prepare
  • Details along with a helpful checklist

You’ll also learn how Fares J. Radel is uniquely qualified to help. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. We would be honored to be of assistance to you and your family.