Jul 9 2012 Advertisement Feature
Once you’ve decided to at least think about putting a plan in place for your funeral, it’s a good idea to prepare a checklist so you don’t miss out an important detail.
If you take out a prepaid funeral plan for example, you may want to put together a completely unique and personal itinerary for your service which can be paid for at today’s prices.
Providers of funeral planning services may be able to give you a checklist to work your way through. However, if you’d rather take your time before you approach a company, there’s a small funeral planning checklist below for reference to help.
• Payment options
Should you go for a prepaid funeral plan now and pay today’s prices or just document t your wishes and hope to have the funds available when you pass away?
• Which Funeral Director to choose
Not all funeral planning services are the same. Make sure you read the small print about guarantees and what is and isn’t included before selecting a specific prepaid funeral plan.
• Cremation or burial?
One of the biggest decisions when planning a funeral is to choose between a cremation or burial, and there are a number of factors which can influence this.
• Coffin choice
In days gone by, choosing a coffin was all about selecting between different types of wood. Nowadays, there is a wide selection of materials available from wool and cardboard, to wicker and bamboo.
With so many hymns and readings to choose from, it’s advisable to put your preferences in writing when compiling your funeral plan, as this will make it easier for your loved ones. You may also want to stipulate who you’d like to give a reading at your service.
• Type of service
Whether to have a religious or non-religious funeral service should be one of the easier funeral choices to make, as most people have established their beliefs by the time they become adults.
Having a favourite song playing you into your funeral service, or as people leave can mean a lot. This is another area where it’s best to make your intentions very clear so as not to leave your family or friends with a difficult decision.
Finally, a decision should be made on the type of transport you want for your final journey. Some people may not have a preference at all, whereas others may specifically want a horse drawn carriage or certain type of hearse.
Author Bio: The Co-operative Funeralcare has branches across the UK with experienced staff to help you go through your funeral planning checklist and make sure nothing has been missed out. Find your nearest branch online at http://www.co-operativefuneralcare.co.uk