The loss of a loved one is likely to be the most emotionally distressing experience any of us ever have to face. Having to arrange a funeral in the midst of all that emotional turmoil can only add further anguish. That’s why thinking about your funeral in advance makes lots of sense.
“There are only two certainties in life – death and taxes” Benjamin Franklin
Most of us are more than happy to have lengthy discussions on the subject of taxes, but talking about death is still very much a taboo topic in many households.
The way we see it is that we all have a responsibility to let our family and friends know exactly what we want in terms of funeral arrangements. That way we can take some of the awful uncertainty away from their decision making when the time comes (and it will come, sure as eggs are eggs, however much we pretend it won’t). This doesn’t mean you have to arrange your own funeral ahead of time; for some people this simply isn’t the right choice, but it does mean talking about it. You may want to impart information about your own choice of arrangements, or you might want to ascertain the wishes of a family member or friend.