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The Importance of Clarifying How You Want Your Funeral to Unfold

April 20th, 2015 Johnstown Hearse Rental

Funeral Have you ever thought about how you’d like your funeral to be? Do you want an open casket or closed? Religious service or not? Cremation or burial? There are a lot of questions and choices that come with end-of-life situations, and better to answer them before you’re gone, so your next-of-kin aren’t left wondering what you truly wanted.

It’s important to convey to those left behind how you want your funeral handled, and you can do so through a written will, for example.

By writing down your wishes, survivors have what’s called a “statutory obligation” to honor those wishes in most states. Keep in mind that your survivors aren’t obligated to fulfill your wishes if they’re highly impractical, illegal, or financially burdensome.

That said, now is as good a time as any to write down plans/preferences for your funeral so that after you die your spouse, child, or other close friend or relative will know what you specifically want.

For instance, you may know right now that you’d like to be buried in a silver casket, with a three night wake at the local funeral home and a Saturday morning funeral at a local Catholic church with the song “How Great Thou Art” sung at the memorial Mass. Writing down your specific details now will give your survivors a proper blueprint later on for when the time comes and you’re no longer able to convey to them your wishes.

For the sake of your loved ones who will have to go through the grief of losing you, it’s best to make sure your wishes are written down somewhere, signed and dated, regarding your funeral and burial plans. Ideally, include these wishes in your last will and testament.



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