Preplanning Cremation Services
Preplanning your cremation services in Phoenix, AZ is one of the wisest decisions you can make. There are a lot of reasons why you would want to go ahead and preplan your cremation services with the funeral home.
The number one reason why you should preplan your cremation services with the funeral home is because you have complete control over everything, and all your wishes will be honored.
Even if you are just now thinking about your own death for the first time – perhaps because someone close to you has died – you have specific ideas about what you do and don’t want included in your cremation services.
When you experience the death and funeral of a close family member or friend, you get to see the kind of funeral they have. You can mull over the elements of their funeral to see if they are something you can or would envision for your own funeral. You can think about the elements you liked and might want and the elements you didn’t like and don’t want for your own funeral.
This gives you a starting point to preplan your own cremation services.
Another very important reason for preplanning your cremation services with the funeral home now is that you relieve your family of the extra stress of having to do it when you die. As much as your family loves you, they may not know what your vision of what you want your cremation services to be.
Because of this, your family may experience unnecessary worry about whether what they plan for your cremation services is something that you would have been happy with. Preplanning on your own eliminates this concern from your family when they are coping with the grief of your death.
So, what is involved in preplanning your cremation services with the funeral home?
Go to the funeral home and talk with them about cremation services options, while letting them know what you would like to have included. The funeral director has the experience and knowledge to give you advice and guidance in both the things you know you want and in things you may not have considered.
You will need to take some important documents with you when you meet with the funeral director to preplan your cremation services. These include your birth certificate, your social security card, your marriage certificate (or divorce decree), and, if you are a military veteran and want military funeral honors, your military discharge orders (Form DD-214).
If you want to be sure you have all the important papers you need when you meet with the funeral director to preplan your cremation services, call the funeral home before you go and ask them what you should bring for the meeting.
Document your cremation service wishes. Be as specific and detailed as possible about each aspect so that the funeral director has the information they need and nothing gets overlooked or left out that you want included.
The funeral home will keep all your information on file and will use it when your family comes to make funeral arrangements after your death. You can trust that they will keep this information confidential and secure.
Finally, share all of your cremation preplanning with your immediate family so that they also know what you want when you die. This gives everyone the opportunity to absorb the information, give their input, and come to an agreement that they will ensure that your wishes are honored.
For more information about cremation services offered in Phoenix, AZ, including grief resources, our caring and knowledgeable staff at Simply Cremations & Funeral Arrangements is here to assist you.