Pre-planning your funeral is one of the best things you can do for your family. After a death, there are many decisions to be made in a short amount of time, and it can become chaotic. Pre-planning and pre-paying for your funeral offers a variety of benefits for you and your loved ones.
Pre-planning offers peace of mind; it's comforting to know that your affairs are in order, and that it will lessen the burden on your family members. Make sure they're aware of your plan details and where they can obtain the necessary information. Pre-planning ensures your final wishes will be followed, and allows you to pay for future funeral services at today's prices.
"We encourage our clients and their families to have 'The Talk of a Lifetime'," explained John Callahan, owner of UC Davis - Callahan Funeral Home. "The program was created by the Funeral and Memorial Information Council to help families have the important conversations regarding what matters most to them and how to honor and remember each family member."
According to the Council, memorialization is much more involved and personalized today than in the past. It can reflect a person's life story, along with their experiences, interests, and values. Memorializing a loved one in a meaningful way helps families heal from the loss, and provides comfort and peace of mind.
The talk also helps families become reacquainted, and allows family members to get to know each other in a new way. Learning about memorable events in peoples' lives brings them closer together and lets them know how they've impacted each others' lives. "The talk can be held with anyone you care about, including your parents, children, grandparents, and friends," added Callahan. "It can take place at any time, not just at the end of someone's life." For additional information, visit www.talkofalifetime.org. For more information about funeral pre-planning, contact:
U.C. Davis - Callahan Funeral Home, LTD.
301 W Washington St.
Morris, IL 60450