Although it may seem like a tough topic to face,
pre-planning funeral services can be enormously beneficial to your family. If you’re considering
contacting a funeral home to explore the option of pre-planning your funeral,
here are the answers to some of the questions that are likely to be on
Why should I pre-plan my funeral?
Planning funeral services after a loved one’s death can be very
difficult for family members. At the same time that they are coping with
the enormity of their loss, they have to make major decisions about the
funeral service, burial, or cremation quickly. This burden can lead to
worries about whether they are appropriately honoring their loved ones
wishes and concerns about the financial burden of the funeral. When you
make a plan for your own funeral service, your loved ones can simply ask
the funeral home to follow your instructions so that they can focus on
supporting each other, confident in the knowledge that all of your wishes
are being honored. If you decide to pre-pay for some or all of your funeral,
this also alleviates the financial concerns.
What decisions will I need to make?
When you are planning your funeral, you can make decisions about the type
of service you would like, whether you prefer cremation or burial, where
you would like to be buried, or how you would like your family to handle
your cremains after cremation. You can also opt to add details, such as
who you would like to serve as pallbearers and what readings and music
you would like to include. In short, you can make your plans as general
or as detailed as you see fit.
How do I get started?
Start by talking to a funeral home, who can guide you through the process
and talk to you about your options. It can be helpful to involve family
members as well, so they understand your wishes. If you choose to plan
without assistance from your family, ensure that they know that you have
made the plans so they can use them appropriately when you pass.
Valley of the Temples Memorial Park can assist you with funeral pre-planning
in Oahu, HI, and help your family honor your plan when the time comes.
To start the planning process, call our
funeral home at (808) 239-8811.