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Planning your funeral makes it easier for your family to cope during a time of grieving.

Planning your funeral makes it easier for your family to cope during a time of grieving. PHOTO: file

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PEOPLE plan for many things well in advance. Finances are set aside for schooling, buying a home, retirement and even holidays, but despite it being a certainty, fewer people plan for their own deaths and funerals.

Death is not an easy subject to discuss, especially when it is your own. Few people enjoy facing their own mortality.

But as anyone knows, dying is not something that can be scheduled. Advance planning can ensure your wishes are followed and can remove some of the emotional and financial burden from relatives.

There are dozens of decisions and tasks that come into play with funeral planning. The cost of a funeral can be very high, without taking into account the cemetery costs.

Without pre-planning on your part, finances are just one of the many tasks relatives would have to handle.

Here are some things to consider when pre-planning your funeral:

andgt;andgt; Contact the funeral director about what you want.

andgt;andgt; Choose a cemetery.

andgt;andgt; Contact insurance agents.

andgt;andgt; Select a casket and burial location.

andgt;andgt; Choose clothing.

andgt;andgt; Decide on the flowers and music for the funeral.

andgt;andgt; Arrange transportation.

andgt;andgt; Contact friends and family.

andgt;andgt; Order thank-you cards.

andgt;andgt; Sign legal papers.

andgt;andgt; Pay for the services of doctors, funeral directors, etc.

Depending on the advance planning you do and the service you use, many of these tasks can be handled by you, leaving relatives to take care of personal condolences.

This makes it easier for them to cope during a time of grieving. It also ensures that they are not taken advantage of financially, by people who profit at the expense of other’s grief.

There are many options in advanced funeral arrangements. If you think pre-planning might be the right idea for you, discuss it with family and explore options.

It could be an important component of overall estate planning. — Supplied

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