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No one likes talking about deaths, or funerals. Especially if it’stheir own funeral. It’s hard to look through coffins or cremation urns in preparation for our death, but it’s inevitable.

It’s not only a practical course of action for yourself to have something ready in case of the worst coming to pass, it also makes it easier for your loved ones. Pre-plan your send-off. This might come across as creepy, but it’s just good sense.

If you want to be ready for your own funeral, here’s some tips.

Figure out what’s involved

To plan a funeral, you obviously need to know what occurs in one. There are generally three key components; preparing the corpse, holding the ceremony and the interment itself. There are a list of options for each step, and figure out what you need and what works for you. Look at the funeral planning check lists online or the like to inform yourself.

Plan ahead of time, but don’t pay. Yet.

Funeral homes do sell plans that promise better rates if you get a package immediately, way before you end up dying. Don’t do it, as you don’t actually need to prepay for it; planning isn’t the same as prepaying fees. If you pay ahead of time, you can lose money in cancellation fees.

Learn the average costs

Figure out what the average costs of funerals in your local area. Learn what the costs are so you have an idea what you’ll need to pay to have everything for when you pass on, from the casket all the way to the final hearse ride all the way to the cemetery.

Shop around

A funeral should be treated like any other large purchase; in the sense that it’s something you need to do research about it, see what the options are, and shop around. Don’t ignore other options, you’d be surprised what you save by just walking down the road the like. Look up the info online, or the like, and see what your options are, and find what works for you.

Talk it over and write the info down.

Tell what your loved ones what sort of funeral you’d want and what the budget is. Have something specific in mind, but also realize that planning isn’t dictation to the survivors; it’s about conversing and communicating with them, in order to make it easier for them. Tell them what you want, and what can work.