Primary Goal of this Step
Pre-planning your funeral arrangements can take some of the logistical and financial stresses off of your family after your death, and ensure that you get the kind of funeral you want.
Important Tasks: Pre-Plan Your Funeral Arrangements
Determine if previous arrangements were made
Choose burial or cremation
If you choose burial, you will need to purchase a burial plot or a spot in a mausoleum at a cemetery. If you choose cremation, you can decide what you want done with the cremated remains, including burial, scattering, or giving them to friends and family members to be stored in an urn.
Find a funeral director at a funeral home or crematory
If you are planning a funeral followed by burial, you will typically work with a funeral director at a funeral home. They will help you with all the arrangements, including working with a cemetery to purchase a plot and orchestrate the burial.
Figure out how you’ll pay for these funeral arrangements
When making pre-arrangements, it is common to pre-pay for some or all of the products and services you’re organizing. There are a number of ways to pay for pre-arrangements, and some may meet your needs better than others.
Make cemetery arrangements
Location, religion, and environment are the big factors to consider when choosing a cemetery, as is vacancy (not just for the immediate burial, but for future family members as well). If you are buying plots for multiple people, you’ll want to find plots or mausoleum spaces that are together.