What if we were to tell you that planning for your death is one of the most loving things you can do for those you leave behind? It may seem like a morbid subject, but by thinking about and planning for our own deaths, we can ease the burden on our loved ones. In this blog post, we’ll discuss some of the benefits of advanced planning for death, and offer some tips on how to get started.
1. You’re doing yourself and your loved ones a disservice if you don’t plan for death
By understanding that death is inevitable and planning accordingly, you can protect loved ones from emotional and financial hardship and make sure they are taken care of as best you can. Advanced death planning is an act of love, it allows everyone involved to have the peace of mind knowing the matter has been addressed.
2. Advanced planning allows you to make your final wishes known
Making our final wishes known in advance makes life easier for our family and friends. Advanced planning gives us the power to appease insecurity and stress by including our preferences in what happens after death. This includes deciding whether we want to be buried, cremated, giving instructions for end-of-life care or evaluating our financial situation. Respecting death as part of life and taking the steps to prepare beforehand can give your loved ones peace of mind that everything is taken care of with grace.
3. It also ensures that your loved ones won’t have to make difficult decisions during a time of grief
One of the best ways to ease this burden on your family and loved ones during such a trying moment is to set out your plans for your funeral. This way, they will have the comfort of knowing that you had taken care of everything in advance. It takes the pressure off them to make difficult decisions in their time of grief and allows them a moment of solace in celebrating who you were and all the great times they shared with you.
4. You can choose the type of funeral you want, and even write your own eulogy
An individual with a funeral plan in place, has the luxury of specifying the exact type of funeral service they want – even down to colours and wardrobe selections – as well as writing their own eulogy which serves as a lasting testament to the legacy they leave behind. It’s like having a final word on how you will be remembered. For all these reasons, advanced planning for death shows you are thinking not only of yourself, but those around you.
5. By planning ahead, you’re ensuring that your legacy will live on after you’re gone
Thinking ahead can be a difficult task, especially when you’re considering death. We all want to ensure that after we are no longer here, our legacy lives on, which is why it’s important to plan ahead for death. Making sure that our finances and personal affairs are in order will give us the peace of mind knowing our families won’t be left with uncertainty. It’s not easy, but it’s important to acknowledge it and prepare accordingly if we want our legacy preserved. Take control of your future and read our blog post on why everyone should have a solid end-of-life plan here. Alternatively, read this article on why planning ahead is important here.