When Someday Is Now – Death Sent a Reminder, Pre Plan Your Own Funeral
When my wife’s mother, “Grandma G,” died, she left us many gifts and intangibles. She also left us something very tangible, that in the immediate hour of need, was her most thoughtful gift. She had prearranged and paid for her funeral in exacting detail. This single act, greatly lowered the magnitude of stress that her death had caused.
When the 10:16 a.m. call came in to tell us of Grandma’s death, our schedule and lives changed abruptly. Immediately, hundreds of questions crowded our heads. Sadness and strong emotions disabled us for several minutes. Within an hour of the call, my wife and I were on our way from Tallahassee to St. Petersburg, Florida. We made a list as ของชำร่วยงานศพ we drove. What would we need to handle when we arrived? My wife was an only child. So, all the details were now our responsibility.
We knew Grandma had prearranged her funeral prior to her death. She had given us a small laminated card that said, “Simplicity Plan, at the time of my death call…” That small card soon became a major blessing.
For most of us, thinking about death, let alone our death, isn’t a high priority. Grandma’s thoughtfulness and foresight changed my opinion quickly. Now, I hope to change yours. Prepaid, pre-need arrangements should be a part of everyone’s estate planning. You can start yours today!
The day following Grandma’s death, we met with Tom, a funeral director from the home and cemetery she had worked with. He had the original paper work signed 9 years prior. It contained all of her selections and instructions, enough for us to know precisely what Grandma wanted. In her case, she wanted cremation, with placement in a niche, using a bronze urn, and no service, all prepaid. That sounds easy. Why bother to do that in advance? Choices, paperwork and cost are three excellent reasons.
Even with all her wishes known, it still took two hours to fill out and sign the required (by law) paperwork for an only child. Imagine having several immediate family members together under duress trying to decide: