5 reasons to plan your own Celebration of Life
Are you the type of person who likes to plan ahead? One of those that feels happy and satisfied when plans are organised? Or perhaps you prefer to leave things until the last minute and act on impulse. It’s funny isn’t it, how we fall in to one type or the other?
Whichever you are, things happen throughout life which make you think about what you’d like to happen when you pass away, don’t they? Triggers can be hitting an age milestone, the passing of a friend or relative, or a period of illness.
Put thoughts into a plan
And if you’ve thought about it, we’d like to encourage you to put those thoughts in to a funeral plan so that your friends and relatives can celebrate your life.
So here are our top five reasons to plan your own Celebration of Life:
Talk about your wishes
In some families, burial wishes and funeral choices aren’t discussed. In fact, we find this is the reality in a lot of cases. But why shouldn’t you talk about it and let them know what your perfect send-off would be? Breaking this taboo also gives you an opportunity to discuss celebration of life ideas together.
If you are planning a celebration of life, it can mean choosing no funeral. Some relatives and friends may struggle with this concept. If you have talked about it beforehand, then they can come to understand this alternative to the traditional funeral.
It can be what you want it to be
This is your chance to make your Celebration of Life about you and what you want. It could be a quiet, intimate gathering. Or you could plan a larger get together and having a party instead of a funeral. It can be indoors or outside at your favourite spot. Whatever you decide to go with, this is about you and your wishes.
Take the stress away
Planning funeral arrangements can be a very stressful and worrying time for relatives and friends. They will sit with funeral directors trying to decide what you would have wanted your perfect send-off to be like. But if you’ve made a plan and made your last wishes clear, many people find this less intense and easier to cope with.
Put your mind at rest
Knowing that you have made a plan, you can have peace of mind that your funeral arrangements will be taken care of. If you want to have some extra reassurance that your wishes will be fulfilled, you can visit a solicitor and ask for your plans to be incorporated in to a will. Although funeral wishes specified are not legally binding, if they have been made clear in a will, they are normally adhered to.
Plenty of support
If you haven’t been involved in the decisions to make for a funeral before, then you may not be aware of all the options. There are so many, it can sometimes put people into a spin. Planning ahead means that you can research and ask as many questions as you like. Personal support is something we pride ourselves in at After. Life Arrangements – any questions, we are here to help answer them for you.
Make it about the joy not the sadness
Do you already have some ideas about what you’d like your own Celebration of Life to be like? Drop us a comment below if you’d like to share them with us.
Or if you want to make a start on a plan, a great place to start is our downloadable template.
And, if you have any questions, we are here to help. Please call us on 01260 224371 or get in touch.