The benefits for pre-planning a funeral are as personal and varied as life itself. These may include:
- To relieve grieving relatives of responsibility and any unnecessary hardships;
- To become familiar with the many options, requirements and services available;
- To feel secure knowing that all details relating to one's funeral are documented;
- To personalize one's own funeral service, thus knowing his or her wishes will be
- To choose a funeral home;
- To record vital information that might otherwise remain unknown;
- To complete an estate plan or the final details of a Last Will and Testament.
Third Party Arrangements
It is not uncommon for persons terminally ill or incapacitated to have their funeral preplanned by a third party (executor, next-of-kin, legal representative or friend) with, or in many cases, without their knowledge. This reduces the emotional strain of having to make arrangements at short notice.
In a case where the subject of preplanning arrangements is in poor health and is unable to sign any documentation, then the third party should clearly identify to the Funeral Director his or her relationship to the subject, and his or her authority to make such arrangements.