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Today, many people are planning ahead and choosing to make funeral arrangements for themselves or for a relative or friend prior to death. While not a requirement, most prearranged funerals are also prepaid. Doing so means the family will not have to make important decisions or secure funds in a time of extreme stress - and that the funeral reflects the wishes of the deceased.
What Are The Benefits Of Preplanning?
There are three major Benefits to planning your arrangements in advance.
Preplanning ensures that all of your final wishes will be fulfilled. Because death is a difficult subject to discuss, often times your true wishes may not be known or fully understood by your family
Preplanning can eliminate the financial burden that a funeral might pose on your survivors.
Preplanning provides you and your family with the peace-of-mind in knowing that everything has been "taken care of" in the manner you specified. It's the best gift you can leave your loved ones.
It is estimated that about 21 million Americans age 50 and over have prepaid some or all of their funeral and/or burial expenses. Such arrangements are commonly referred to as "preneed funeral arrangements" or "prefunded funeral arrangements." Through these arrangements, people are able to decide in advance what type of funeral they will have, prepay the funeral and hopefully eliminate some of the stress for family and friends at the time of death.