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Why should I plan my own funeral?

If you have a favorite outfit you want to be buried in, a specific phrase in mind for your headstone or you do not want to be buried at all, it is a good idea to state these wishes in your will. Like many Florida residents, you may balk at the thought of planning your own funeral. However, there are many good reasons to do so.

The New York Times explains that it can be difficult and painful for your loved ones to come up with the funeral planning on their own. Some of your relatives, in fact, may have vastly different ideas on how to honor your memory, or they may end up disagreeing on the money to be spent on your funeral service. You may avoid serious family conflict by including the following instructions in your will:

  • Whether you want to be buried or cremated
  • If you want a casual memorial service or a formal funeral
  • The church or location to hold your services
  • The clothing you want to be buried in
  • What should be written on your headstone
  • Music, a personalized eulogy and other details of your funeral service

Knowing that funerals can also be expensive, you may also want to set aside funds meant for the service, the casket or urn, the headstone and associated costs. If you choose this route, it is important to include it in your will, as your family members may not know about your funeral fund or how to spend it. Planning your final wishes may be difficult emotionally, but it does not have to be overly complicated. This information is not meant as legal advice.

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