Death is difficult for loved ones of the deceased to deal with. However intense the grief of the family, funeral arrangements must be made within a few days. This can be especially difficult if the death is untimely. During this difficult time, it can be burdensome for family members to organize the service and other arrangements the way they imagine their loved ones envisioned as their sending off. Whether the death was unexpected or impending, the loss of a loved one is a time for reflection, bemoaning and grief.
Reasons To Plan Your Funeral Yourself
Funeral planning is a very personal undertaking. In recent times, many people have started to make their own arrangements which can be made prior to or following the death of a person. Planning one’s own funeral provides many benefits to an individual making this decision. These benefits include, but are not limited to;
- Complete control of their body and its care following death
- Easing the burden on their loved ones of planning an entire event in just a few days during their time of grief.
- Ensuring that the event is planned according to their exact wishes.
- Self-financing to ensure family members aren’t burdened by final expenses.
- Being buried next to your spouse in the case of married couples.
How To Plan Your Funeral
Being fully aware of this fact, some of us choose to relieve our loved ones of the burdensome process by planning our life’s exit in advance from start to finish. At Roc and Co. we specialize in funeral planning and offer years of expertise. Our years of experience provide us with a wealth of knowledge regarding the planning process, offering the best options to suit our client’s individual situation and taste. At Roc and Co. we make the funeral planning process easy with planning and through making decisions such as;
- Death Notices
- Financial Planning and Funding.
- Ceremony preferences and vision for the event.
- Transportation of the Body
- Final Disposition Preferences (Interment, Cremation, etc)
- Memorabilia (Ceremony products and keepsake Items for family and friends)
When a loved one dies, the family may wish to inform the public of the death by way of an official death announcement. This may be done in print (newspaper or letters), audio (radio) or visual (television) media. This is known as a death notice.
Financial Planning and Funding
Funeral costs can be as much as £4000. This amount can be burdensome for family members to come up with the short space of time that it is needed. In order to avoid the sale of property, the depletion of inheritances and other assets, planning for the funeral ahead ensure that these costs are covered, shielding one’s family from the expenses.
Ceremony Preferences and Vision
By pre-planning a funeral, an individual is able to have the ceremony and interment they envisioned while alive and well, whether that includes flowers, open or closed casket viewing, morning or afternoon, a vigil, religious specific customs and practices, the list goes on. This takes the guesswork out of it for family and friends during their time of bereavement. Some individuals even opt to prepare their eulogies in advance, preferring to tell their own story.
Transportation can be pre-planned by deciding what funeral home, or even what country to be buried in. Options for transporting a body include a hearse, horse-led carriage, bikes, boats, trains, etc. Depending on the individual’s taste, the event can be made more memorable by enhancing mode of transport.
Final Disposition Preferences
Final disposal method is also planned beforehand and in some instances is a very serious personal decision influenced by religion, beliefs and other factors. With a pre-planned funeral, individuals can choose from traditional options such as:
- Burial – Burial within the earth in a coffin covered by dirt with a headstone or in a tomb ( the building that is sealed.).
- Cremation – Cremation is the process of burning the remains of a dead human. Usually, in the event of cremation, the ashes of the person are transferred and kept in a vase, known as an urn. The ashes can be kept in the urn, or ‘scattered at a place where the individual would be at home or like to be. Instruction can be made regarding where the individual would like their cremated ashes to be released.
Less popular means of disposal are dissolution (dissolving in acid), burial at sea, open exposure to the element, among others. Some individuals may even choose not to be disposed of at all but rather, be donated to science as ‘cadavers’.
Some individuals choose to leave items for their loved ones to remember them by. This can be a pin, the ceremony program, t-shirt, etc. Memorabilia can be prepared before to be used at vigils or they can be prepared for use and distribution on the day of the funeral.
This sort of precise planning alleviates our loved ones of the cumbersome decision-making processes, ensuring a time of relative peace for our relatives while placing the individual in control of the final decisions. Funeral planning dispels uncertainty, conflicts, and unpleasant surprises.
Roc and Co. Advantage
At Roc & Co, we understand that losing a loved one is hard and a time of bereavement is especially difficult. This is why we make every effort to ensure that our clients are taken care of and their family can have a stress free process during this time carrying out their wishes. We can help with the planning of your own funeral by providing guidance throughout the process, with the best options, alternatives, and vendors for your needs.