Stop and Smell the Roses
“Stop and smell the roses” is a cliche that is widely used. We are all familiar with its meaning, which is, to take time to appreciate a situation or slow down and pay attention to or enjoy what is going on around you. This phrase can also be used just as a gentle reminder to take a few minutes for yourself each day.
Stop and Plant the Roses
Of course there have to be roses to smell. And roses would indeed be beneficial at a time of stress or anxiety. Consider funeral preplanning as planting your roses; as it ensures that all the decisions have been made, all wishes and desires fulfilled, and all funeral financial obligations have been met. That’s the way it should be, you, your friends and loved ones, able to focus on each other, to share the memories and to celebrate a life well lived and to avoid having to make decisions while coping with grief and loss.
Why Would You Prearrange a Funeral?
Today, more individuals and families are making the decision to prearrange their funerals than ever before. Because of various factors such as inflation, fewer extended family members living close by, and other changes in our society, planning your own funeral can make a lot of sense. Preplanning allows you to let your wishes be known and to reduce stress for friends and family at an emotional time. And finally, perhaps the most thoughtful reason of all, it shows you care and it relieves your loved ones of the financial responsibility.
When is the Best Time to Preplan Your Funeral?
The best time to begin making your prearrangement’s is now, while you’re thinking about it. People who do say that prearranging their funerals is smart financial planning and gives them added peace of mind knowing they are not leaving a burden to family members. By taking time now to collect cost information and calmly making choices related to your own funeral arrangements, you will be protecting your family against the strain of having to make these decisions at a time of extreme emotional stress.