How to Talk to Your Family About Your Funeral Planning

It can feel a little weird sitting down with a funeral home director to preplan your eventual body disposition. Who, after all, relishes the idea of talking about what will happen to their body after they die? But after you discuss cremation with a Westlake, OH funeral home, your next order of business is to gather your family together to discuss what you’ve done and what it means.  

Here are some things to keep in mind when you talk to your family about your funeral arrangements.  

Jot Down What You Want to Cover 

You can bet that a discussion about your final disposition plans won’t be fun. But it’s an important one nonetheless. So that you don’t forget anything important, jot down what you want to communicate and be sure to check off each item as you address it. You want to pull all of the issues on the table, explain what you’ve done and why you’ve done it, and let your family know what you expect of them. When they realize that what you’ve done will mean they won’t have to plan or pay at the time of your death, they will be grateful for your thoughtfulness. At your passing, they’ll be grieving and it will be hard to have to plan a cremation. Doing it ahead of time is simply a selfless thing to do for those you love and care about.  

Gather Somewhere Private 

Is there a favorite spot in your home where everyone likes to gather for some quality time together? That’s the sort of place where you’ll want to have a serious discussion about your final disposition plans. The meeting should only be for close family members, people who will be most impacted by your passing. It’s not a time to have friends or even distant family over.   

Explain Your Choice 

Let your family know exactly what final disposition you’ve chosen. If you want to be cremated, let your family know so that there are no surprises when the day comes. You may want to explain why you opted for the final disposition method that you did. You can even let your family know where they can find documents about exactly how you want things to be on cremation day and on memorial day. While you’re communicating your wishes, make sure that the conversation is a two-way street by encouraging feedback, comments, or questions.  

It’s definitely important to preplan your cremation before it’s too late to do so, and it’s equally important that you let your family know what you’ve done so that there are no surprises. If you need help making proper arrangements, get in touch with us at All Ohio Cremation & Burial Society, Inc., the only funeral home in Westlake, OH that you need in your corner. We’re not a traditional funeral home with overhead costs associated with fancy buildings, hearses, and lots of employees, so we can afford to be a low-cost alternative to dealing with the lengthy, cumbersome, and many times costly process of making traditional funeral arrangements. Contact us at (216) 631-4500 for or visit us at 16150 Brookpark Rd., Cleveland, OH 44135. 

Patrick Mahoney