Through all the carpools, the laundry, the trips to the doctors office and the late night counseling sessions, moms hold the family together, and they do this by planning ahead. From day to day, week to week, and month to month, moms are always prepared for what’s to come so their family will also be ready. It’s easy enough to plan out dinner menus or soccer practice, but there’s one aspect of your family’s lives that you might not have considered yet. Or maybe you have considered it but felt it was a little too macabre. What I’m talking about is planning ahead for what happens to you and your family when you die. It may not be comfortable to think about your death, especially for those in very young families, but I promise you that getting your plans in order now is the best thing you can do for your loved ones.
So much about life is uncertain. Sometimes the best we can do is simply adapt, roll with the punches, and move bravely ahead. If you or your partner were suddenly to die, however, you wouldn’t want your family to be left unprepared. Preplanning means your family won’t have to worry about finding a funeral home and planning a service. They also won’t have to make the decision about if you’d like to be buried or cremated. That’s not an easy conversation to have, especially when your family is grieving over your loss. Making decisions on these things now and putting plans in place will allow your family to follow through with your wishes and grieve with dignity.
Moms who preplan their funeral services are doing more than lessening the emotional burden on their family. They may also lessen the financial burden as well. Did you know that if you work with a local funeral home or reputable cremation provider to preplan your cremation, you will be able to secure your future service at today’s cost. Without planning, your family will likely pay even more for the same service.
Since we’re already talking about some pretty uncomfortable stuff, I want to finally address the notion of cremation. For some the thought of being cremated can make them rather queasy, but it really shouldn’t be that way. Cultures have been practicing cremations for centuries as both a safe way to handle the dead and an economical way to preserve someone’s legacy. Choosing cremation means you’re choosing a plethora of options for your final remembrance. Your family can scatter your ashes over your favorite hill or hold on to them in an urn you picked yourself. And for those of you “green mommies” out there, cremation is one of the oldest and most environmentally friendly methods around.
Pre-planning your final plans, cremation or otherwise, can only be one half of your plan. Fill your family in on whatever plans you make, and be sure to keep any paperwork in a place where they can find it in an emergency. When your family knows your exact wishes you already planned out, they’ll be ready to follow through with them when the time comes. If you’re ready to preplan your cremation, call up your local funeral home and cremation specialists. They’ll be able to walk you through the process and answer any questions you have. And because they deal with this stuff all the time, you won’t have to worry about feeling uncomfortable with them.