Why Plan Ahead

Reasons why planning ahead for your funeral is important

It's not a topic that many of us like to think about, but pre-planning your funeral is one of the most important things you can do for your loved ones. By planning ahead, you can make the process easier for them and ensure that your funeral service meets your wishes. As there’s a lot that goes into planning a funeral, making those arrangements beforehand gives you time to consider all of your options and make sure that you’re covering all of the necessary details. Here are some of the most important reasons why planning ahead may be the best option.

When should you start pre-planning your funeral?


Pre-planning is an important consideration for many people. A recent study shows that the optimum age to pre-plan your funeral has been found as 35 years old, during which time you may start thinking about your family and their future needs if something were ever going to happen with yourself or someone else in this generation you are fully prepared with your disposition.


Reasons why funeral pre-planning is important


Reason #1: You can compare prices

When you pre-plan a funeral, you have the opportunity to shop around for the best price. Funeral costs can be expensive, and by planning ahead, you can compare prices and find a service that fits your budget. You can also prepay for your funeral expenses, which can save your loved ones money down the road.


Prepayment generally means that you save money by being protected from inflation and price changes. We deposit all prepayments into a trust fund which it remains until needed. Prepaying also provides peace of mind for your family, who won’t have to figure out your funeral expenses when the time comes.


Reason #2: You can make your wishes known

When you pre-plan a funeral, you can make your wishes known. This takes the guesswork out of planning a funeral service for your loved ones. You can choose the type of service you want, as well as the music, readings, and other aspects of the service. By pre-planning, you can be sure that your funeral will be a reflection of your life and what was important to you.


Reason #3: It’s one less thing for your family to worry about

When you pre-plan your funeral, it’s one less thing for your loved ones to have to worry about when the time comes. They will already be grieving your loss, and the last thing they need is to have to worry about all the details of your funeral. By pre-planning, you can take care of everything in advance, so they don’t have to.


Preplanning also relieves your family of that burden and gives them more time and energy to focus on healing and remembrance.


Reason#4: Ask the right questions

When you speak with the funeral directors, you have the opportunity to ask the questions you want to be asked about your funeral and ensure that the responses are satisfactory.  This is your funeral, and you have a right to know every detail of the plans.


Some questions you may want to ask include:

  • What are the costs associated with each service?
  • Can I pre-pay for any services?
  • What type of casket or urn do you recommend?
  • Do you offer green  burial options?
  • What are the benefits of pre-planning my funeral?


Reason #5: Gives you more time to decide

When you pre-plan your funeral, you have more time to make decisions about the service. This means that you can personalize the funeral by choosing things like music, readings, and eulogies without feeling rushed or under pressure. Most funerals are planned in less than a week, which can lead to rash judgments.


Reason #6: Work with the professionals

The relationship between a family and a funeral director is crucial.  You want to be sure that you are working with someone who is respectful, understanding, and helpful. Pre-planning your funeral gives you the opportunity to meet with different funeral directors and find the one that is the best fit for you.


Reason #7: It is easy

Fill out a form or meet with a member of our staff to put your plan in place. Anyone can create a plan, at any stage in their life, and you always can make changes if you wish.


Reason #8: You can avoid family disagreements

If you have a specific idea of how you would like your funeral to be, put it in writing. This will ensure that your final wishes are carried out and will help avoid any disagreements among family members about what you would have wanted.


Funeral Pre-planning Mistakes You Need to Avoid

When you're pre-planning a funeral, there are a few critical mistakes you'll want to avoid. Here are nine of the most common pitfalls:

  • Not considering all your options. There are many different ways to pre-plan a funeral, and it's important to take time to consider all of your options before making any decisions. You'll need to think about whether you want a traditional funeral service or something more unique, what kind of casket or urn you might want, and what type of memorialization you prefer.

  • Not involving your family in the process. Pre-planning a funeral is not something you should do alone. It's important to involve your family in the decision-making process so that they can be prepared for your funeral and know your wishes.

  • Not doing your research. There are many different aspects to funeral pre-planning, and it's important to do your research before making any decisions. Funeral costs can vary greatly, so it's essential to get quotes from multiple funeral homes before you make any decisions.

  • Not considering all the costs involved. Funeral costs can add up quickly, so it's important to consider all the costs involved in the pre-planning process. This includes things like the cost of the casket or urn, the cost of the funeral service, and the cost of any memorialization you might want. Not having a budget in mind. It's also imperative to have a budget in mind before you start the funeral pre-planning process. This will help you narrow down your options and make sure you don't overspend.

  • Not making your wishes known. It's important to make your wishes known to your family and your funeral director. This will help them make sure your funeral is how you want it to be. Don't assume that your family knows what you want or that they'll be able to guess. If there are specific things you want (or don't want) included in your funeral, make sure to communicate those wishes to your loved ones ahead of time.

  • Not updating your plans. Be sure to update your funeral plans as needed. If you move or change your mind about any of the details, be sure to let your family and funeral director know. If you move or change your phone number, be sure to update your funeral pre-planning information so that your loved ones can reach you in case of an emergency.

  • Not getting everything in writing. Once you've made your funeral arrangements, be sure to get everything in writing from the funeral home. This will help to avoid any confusion or misunderstanding later on.

  • Overlooking important details. There are many small details that need to be taken care of when planning a funeral, so it's important to pay attention to all of them. Make sure you or your loved ones don't overlook anything, from the music that will be played to the transportation arrangements for out-of-town guests.

  • Not having a backup plan. Your funeral plans may need to change at the last minute due to unforeseen circumstances, so it's important to have a backup plan in place. This could include arranging for alternative transportation or making sure there is enough food and drink for all of your guests.


When you are ready, you can preplan online using our form to create your personalized arrangements or you can schedule a time to meet with our staff to discuss your options and make a plan. Get in touch with Rest Haven Funeral Home and Cemetery by calling us at (301) 733-3575.


What happens to my plan if I move to a different city?

We keep a record of your preplanned arrangements and any prepayments, and they’re easily transferable to any funeral home in the United States. 


When you are ready, you can preplan online using our form to create your personalized arrangements or you can schedule a time to meet with our staff to discuss your options and make a plan. Get in touch with Rest Haven Funeral Home and Cemetery by calling us at (301) 733-3575.

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