Although funeral pre-planning is becoming more widely utilized in the U.S.,
many people are still taken aback by the idea of making their own
final arrangements. Yet, there are numerous benefits to doing so. For example, funeral pre-planning
allows you to specify your wishes and relieve your family members of the
burden of making these decisions during a time of grief. When you’re
making your own arrangements, you can be as specific and as imaginative
as you’d like.
Choosing Cremation or Traditional Burial
One of the first decisions you will have to make is whether you wish to
be cremated or buried. Many people make this choice in accordance with
their faith, but if you are non-religious or you are an adherent to a
faith that allows either burial or cremation, you’ll have to examine
your personal preferences. Both cremation and burial are respectful choices,
and you can rest assured that your remains will be handled with the utmost
of care regardless of which option you choose.
Considering the Final Interment
If you’ve chosen a traditional burial, you may wish to purchase
your burial plot ahead of time. Some families choose private burial estates
to allow multiple generations of family members to share the same final
resting place. In addition to an in-ground burial, other options are indoor
and outdoor mausoleums. If you choose to be cremated, you may prefer that
your remains be interred in a memorial park or you may prefer that your
family scatters your ashes.
Specifying Religious or Non-Theistic Preferences
It’s important to specify your preferences with regard to religious
elements of the ceremony, particularly if you do not share the same faith
as your loved ones. You might choose to have a traditional Christian,
Jewish, Muslim, or Buddhist service, for example. If you are non-theistic,
you should clearly state your preferences for leaving all religious references
out of the services. Non-theistic individuals in particular may wish to
choose selected readings, music, and other stylistic elements in advance.
When you’re ready to pre-plan a funeral, you can find the resources
and guidance you need at Chapel of the Chimes Hayward. We are a full-service
funeral home and memorial park in Hayward that prides itself on offering
thoughtful guidance for families of all backgrounds. Call us at (510)
398-6922 or visit us online to view our
funeral pre-planning guide.