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The Benefits of Funeral and Burial Pre-Planning by Reginald Cole

The loss of someone you love is difficult at best.

Unfortunately, the task of planning funeral services and a burial can make the grieving process overwhelming. Pre-planning your funeral service and burial can be one of the most thoughtful gifts to leave your loved ones. Here are several reasons why pre-planning is important.

-- Pre-planning your funeral and burial can ensure that your survivors are carrying out your final wishes. Uncertainty often leads to emotional overspending at the time of need. Therefore, once you have pre-planned the particulars of your funeral and burial, your family will not be faced with this uncertainty.

-- Pre-planning your funeral and burial can prevent your family and you from incurring excessive costs, expenses, and fees. As a result of emotional overspending, the cost of funeral and burial arrangements can be dramatically higher than if you do your own planning. Pre-planning where possible, and pre-paying for items like the burial site, casket, and headstone or marker, can often save your family and you money. You pay today’s costs instead of future inflated and uncertain prices. Funeral and burial pre-planning is the only way to lock in today’s costs.

-- Pre-planning your funeral and burial allows you to make the choices that are right for you. You will control important decisions regarding funeral and burial arrangements whether your choice is traditional in-ground burial, above ground entombment, or cremation. You should also prepare a draft of your obituary.

-- With funeral and burial pre-planning, your investment is protected. To further protect your investment, state laws require that funds be set aside for the perpetual care of cemetery grounds.

Inevitable events in life require planning to obtain the best results. You should ask for the assistance of a professional with these matters. End-of-life planning can be an emotional and somewhat complex process. Pre-planning is the only way to protect against escalating cost and help provide some peace to the people you love.

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