"A funeral is a service of worth, a rite of passing, a ceremony for those one leaves behind to afford them a chance to say good-bye.."
"From the beginning of Mankind, the many different civilizations and cultures have marked Death in as many different rituals."
About this Funeral Planning Guide:
It is the intention of this guide to assist anyone contemplating arranging a funeral, whether it is one's own, a relatives' or a friend's. It attempts to provide information helpful in making the three major choices: The Funeral Home, The Final Disposition and Service, and the Time and Method of Funding.
Cooperative Funeral Fund, Inc. offers a Preneed Trust and Insurance Program to Funeral Homes and their clients. However, it is not our intention to influence your choice, just to provide you with the information so that you are aware that you have a choice.
Funeral Planning - Easing the Burden on Friends and Loved Ones
Funeral Planning is something that will be done at least once for everyone. In many cases, it is done by somebody else after the individual has died. For surviving loved ones, this is a very difficult task as they are still trying to sort out their emotions and deal with their loss.
Planning one's funeral in ADVANCE has been an accepted course of action for hundreds of years. There are many benefits to making Pre-Arrangements.
Benefits of Pre-Arrangements in Funeral Planning
Making funeral arrangements in advance (Pre-Arrangements) greatly reduces the burden and stress, placed on a surviving loved one, of having to make difficult decisions while dealing with grief.
Pre-Arranging one's funeral assures the person that his personal preferences are heeded as to where the funeral and burial or other final disposition will take place. Further, it assures one that the service will reflect their personal beliefs, standards and lifestyle.
Family Involvement in the Funeral Planning Process
As it is your family that will be most affected by your death and subsequent funeral, be sure to involve them in your thought process. Get together with your family and discuss the pertinent issues surrounding your eventual passing: Your Will, the Funeral, the Cemetery, and any wishes you may have.