At Burstows, we say preplanning your funeral can be like having the talk of a lifetime. Yes, preplanning is an opportunity to complete your funeral preferences, even more importantly, it is an opportunity to share your personal reflections. Share with generations that will follow you, the people and events that helped shape your life. Stories and anecdotes that ensure the essence of your character and nature lives on.
A farewell that reflects a person's life story, their values, interests, and experience is transformative, healing, and comforting. Meaningful funerals are possible when loved ones talk about what matters most: memories made, lessons learned, and how they hope to be remembered. Completing this today will be so helpful to those you love and will be cherished by generations to follow.
It is very clear that those who preplan their funeral do so out of love and concern for those who will survive them. “I want to reduce the burden,” is said by many.
It is true, prepaying funeral expenses and noting family historical information certainly reduces an element of burden on surviving loved ones, and noting funeral preferences can be helpful also. I would just propose a thought to consider, funerals are for the benefit of the living. Your funeral will be about you, but it will be for those who survive you.
A funeral that is unique and personal and planned carefully with consideration for the mourner's needs helps families begin healing.
Let our experience help you put in place instructions and plans that will balance the important benefits of noting your thoughts and preferences while ensuring your future funeral really helps your loved ones begin healing.
Please consider downloading this PDF, completing and using it as a cover letter to the plans you complete.
Our experienced staff will be happy to discuss options for preplanned and prepaid funerals with you. Consultations can be made at our premises or at your home if that is more convenient. There is no charge for this service.
In my experience, remembering the past is the very thing
that eventually makes hoping for the future possible. Mourners’
lives will open to renewed hope, love and joy only to the
extent that they first embrace the past. Those who fail to go
backward before marching forward after a loss often find
themselves stuck in the morass of carried grief.
Dr. Alan D. Wolfelt