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Preparing for Your Own Funeral: 3 Things to do Before Death Comes

Updated on May 16, 2013
Do you have enough to cover for your funeral expenses?
Do you have enough to cover for your funeral expenses? | Source

When you’re old and counting your breath, can you still manage doing the necessary preparations for your own funeral? If you can’t and you’d rather not talk about it for fear of death itself, can you handle the thought of your children doing all the fuss when you know so well they’re very busy people? When you answered no to both questions, and considering you’re not on your 80’s as of the moment, you have the power on your hands right now to still change the picture.

Save yourself and your loved ones from despair – despair of preparing for the funeral and all. Start thinking about the minute details of your own funeral:

Who do you want to be the administrator?

Like weddings and parties, funerals are better for the bereaved family if you assign someone to be in charge of everything. He acts as the director – sees to it that the necessary papers are taken care of, the funeral music is in order, etc. Get someone you know who won’t be very much affected with you leaving this Earth (an enemy may be).

Or, get someone close but you’re confident that he can handle his grief and postpone his feelings of loss at a later time when he’s not needed anymore. Make sure you instruct him clearly of his duties of taking care of your death certificate, funeral programs and announcements to relatives, obituaries to be published, etc. You may want to do the programs yourself (which will surely be very memorable to those receiving them). There are printable DIY funeral programs available online.


Don’t just talk, write it out.

Last wills and testaments will do the job for you. This is the perfect time to be visiting your place’s estate tax laws – how much of your estate goes to your wife, husband, legitimate and illegitimate children, parents, siblings, etc. It is necessary to study the law first. If you don’t, and you give half of your properties to your neighbor, the state may get in the picture; put your estate under their administration and dispose of it according to the law. And of course, we don’t want that to happen (your favorite niece might not be able to get anything!). If you don’t want to rack your brains, look for samples and downloadable templates online.

Look for a reputable company that sells funeral plans (casket, funeral ceremony, burial, etc.) at an installment price.

It is very important that you take care of these things before you pass this life. I’ve known a few people who died of accidents at a not-so-young age and leaving nothing behind (not even a penny) to cover for funeral expenses. We don’t want to burden our family even more than they already are (at the thought of you being dead). As early as possible, invest on your own casket, save some cash for the expenses to be incurred like payment for the funeral service, purchase of the suit you’ll wear, coffee and biscuits during the wake, etc.

In dark times such as deaths and funerals, we can be the source of inspiration to the living.
In dark times such as deaths and funerals, we can be the source of inspiration to the living. | Source


There’s just so much we can do to be a light to everyone. In dark times such as deaths and funerals, we can be the source of inspiration to the living – by making things easy for the ones who’ve outlived us.


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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Interesting thoughts and suggestions one should pay attention have such documents taken care of.

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      Shiela Mae Parreno 4 years ago from Davao City, Philippines

      Thanks billy. Yes though it doesn't particularly feel good, I started planning last year. I was 28, my mother was hysterical lol.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Amazingly, I have already done this. I say amazingly because I'm not much for planning, but this I have taken care of. Great suggestions and very important.