Thinking about the end of your own life is never easy, and for the majority of people, planning their funeral is not something that they consider regularly. For many, it is only when they get old, or are perhaps diagnosed with a terminal illness, that funeral plans start to come into fruition. However, the sad truth is that nobody knows exactly when they’re going to die – people die at all ages and from a vast range of different causes. Because of this, many healthy, able and even young adults are realizing that planning their funeral shouldn’t be put off until they’re getting older.

Peace of Mind for Your Loved Ones

You can sign up to a life insurance policy and put a funeral plan in place at any age. For many individuals, getting life insurance and ensuring that there are plans laid out for the end of their life begins when they get married or have children, as they start to consider what will happen to their loved ones when they are gone. Planning a funeral for yourself, including details of what you want and how it will be covered financially, means that you will have complete peace of mind that when your time does come, your loved ones will not be faced with any unnecessary extra stress or expenses.

Personalizing Your Funeral

Another big reason why there is an increasing number of healthy adults opting to start funeral planning earlier in life is that they want to be sure that when their funeral does occur, it is personalized to them. Rather than leave their close family and friends to guess how they would have wanted it, making sure that plans are in place beforehand gives people the peace of mind to know that the people closest to them won’t have to worry about doing them proud with the funeral, as the instructions will be right there in order for them to follow.

Honoring Your Wishes

When you die, it’s usually up to your close relatives to decide what is done with your body, for example whether you are buried or cremated and where you are buried or your ashes are spread. Although in most cases, close family members will know you well enough to ensure that your body is buried or your ashes spread exactly where you’d want them to be, putting plans in place for this and sharing it with them can give you peace of mind and reassurance that even when your life is ended, you will be at exactly the right place where you want to be at rest. If you have decided to start planning for your funeral early in life and do not expect the plans to come into fruition for many years, it’s a good idea to create a box or folder, for example, to keep the plans in so that you can give them to the relevant relatives when the time comes.

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Planning your own funeral might not be something that you give much thought to, but there are many reasons why it’s a good idea to do it.

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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