No one enjoys talking about death. However, it's an unavoidable topic. When your time inevitably comes, it's better to be prepared and have the funeral arrangement you always wanted. Here are some funeral planning tips that may help make the difficult process run smoother for your remaining loved ones when you pass.

1. Find the Right Casket

According to the Federal Trade Commission, most caskets cost around $2000, but some may cost up to five times more. Caskets are a crucial element of a funeral, and selecting the right one is a big decision. You can shop around different markets and online stores to get a feel for what you'd prefer. Then, you can either buy the casket outright or make arrangements for a loved one to make the purchase when the time comes.

2. Pay Attention to the Details

Remember that there are a ton of moving parts involved in a funeral. Plus, your funeral itself is not the only event that requires planning and preparation. You also need to consider your options and preferences for burial or cremation. Additionally, you need to decide on your wishes for pre- and post-funeral gatherings such as a wake, calling hours, or memorial services. All of these details need to be carefully considered and planned.

3. Communicate With Your Loved Ones

This is arguably the most important step in arranging your own funeral. It'll do you no good to make plans if you don't effectively communicate those ideas to your loved ones. Make sure you relay your wishes to your loved ones in a clear manner that leaves little room for uncertainty. The most effective way to do this is to write everything down in one place. Next, you should arrange a meeting with one or a few loved ones to discuss the arrangements you've outlined. This gives your friends and relatives a chance to ask questions and clear up any confusion.

Planning a funeral might seem like a grim process, but it doesn't have to be. Instead, you should simply view the process as preparation. If you need any help at all, our compassionate and knowledgeable staff is ready to assist you. Give Skinner Funeral Homes a call today to get started.

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