Most of us plan ahead in life. We plan for our wedding, our children's education, family vacations, and other significant expected life events. We also plan for the unexpected events of life by purchasing home, auto and medical insurance.

Understanding the benefits of planning ahead has prompted many to take the step to plan their own arrangements.

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    Benefits of Funeral Preplanning

    What is funeral preplanning?  Funeral pre-planning is the process of planning, organizing and paying for funeral arrangements in advance. With funeral pre-planning, you’ll be able to rest assured that your loved ones will have everything they need when the time comes. 


    Benefits of funeral preplanning: 

    You can choose how you will be remembered

    When you prearrange a funeral plan, you can choose how your funeral or cremation service will look, including the music that will be played and what flowers or other arrangements are used. You also have control over who is in attendance to pay their respects which means you can invite only those closest to you rather than being obligated to send announcements for everyone attending.


    You will be able to rest easy knowing that your funeral is planned out the way you want it. You can ensure things are taken care of and give yourself a sense of relief because you know everything has been handled for when the time comes. This allows some peace of mind before passing on.


    You give your loved ones peace of mind 

    Prearranging your own funeral gives your loved ones peace of mind knowing that funeral planning was taken care of by you. This lets them focus on their grief and not spend time worrying about funeral arrangements. You can also help your loved ones save money during an already difficult time because they don't have to worry about funeral expenses.


    Your funeral cost is locked in

    When you preplan your funeral, the cost of funeral services is locked in. This gives your loved ones a sense of security knowing that funeral expenses will not increase due to inflation or other unforeseen circumstances. You can also choose to pay for your funeral in advance which allows your loved ones to avoid any financial burden at an already difficult time.


    No one can make any decisions you don't like after your death

    Another benefit of preplanning your funeral is that you have the final say in all the arrangements. Your loved ones cannot make any decisions about your funeral without your express written permission. This gives you peace of mind knowing that you will have the last word on how you are remembered after death.


    Pre-planning eliminates misunderstanding or confusion about your funeral arrangements among your family members

    When you preplan your funeral, it eliminates the possibility of any confusion or misunderstanding among family members about what to do with your funeral arrangements. The peace of mind that comes from knowing exactly how things will happen after death is invaluable when dealing with grief. Prearranged funerals offer benefits not available through traditional funeral services.


    Pre-planning offers flexibility

    If there are changes that you want to happen to your funeral arrangements, pre-planning lets you make those changes with ease. Your funeral director will work with you to create a plan that meets your needs and desires, then help you stick to the plan.


    Also, many funeral homes allow you to transfer your funeral plans to other funeral homes.  So, if you move out of the area or change your mind about funeral home, your funeral arrangements will still be taken care of.


    You can personalize your funeral

    With pre-planning, funeral directors can work with you to create a funeral plan that reflects your personal and spiritual values. For example, some people want their funeral service at the funeral home while others prefer it be held in a church or synagogue. Some may wish for an open casket and others may prefer cremation followed by burial.

    Lastly, you can just sit back and relax as your trusted funeral home carry out your wishes. Contact Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care today at (616) 452-3006 (Grand Rapids) or (616) 754-5638 (Greenville) and pre-plan your funeral today.