Funeral preplanning – the missing milestone

Kristin Gramando

By Kristin Gramando

The road of life is filled with important milestones — major events and achievements that help to define who we are and what’s important to us. Events such as graduation, marriage, childbirth, and retirement are universal moments that bring families together to celebrate those significant accomplishments that required careful planning and financial commitment.

But what about funerals? Where do they fit on the list of life’s milestones?

Many people are hesitant to include funerals when discussing other important life moments because talking openly and honestly about death may be considered taboo. As a result too many well-intentioned friends and family die unprepared, leaving their loved ones with a painful emotional and economic burden.

A funeral service is a reflection of a person’s legacy and an opportunity for bereaved friends and family to come together to begin the healing process. By taking the time to prearrange all the details of their funeral, one can ensure that it will be an event that truly represents their life and also serves as a responsible, thoughtful gift to their loved ones.

Funeral preplanning is the missing milestone and should be an important part of everyone’s long-term blueprint.

In addition to prearranging, many people also opt to prefund their funeral because it locks in today’s prices and saves family members from financial burden. With inflation causing funeral prices to nearly double every 10 years, prefunding is a smart, economical choice. Multiple payment plans exist to fit a variety of needs.

The immediate benefit of preplanning is the peace of mind that comes with being prepared. Your wedding wasn’t planned overnight and neither should your final wishes. Prearranging and prefunding your funeral is a smart investment for your family that they’ll always remember.

You’re never too young or too old to make preplanning the next milestone in your life.

Kristin Gramando
J. Warren Funeral Services

This story was first published in the September edition of InMaricopa magazine.