Death is not an easy subject to think about – much less funerals. It is generally because these topics are so difficult to think about that many people put off other aspects of estate planning for so long.
Funeral planning might not be your or your loved one’s priority, but it is something you should understand, and even make plans for.
What are the trends in funeral plans?
Cremation is the most common choice for funeral plans in the country. CNN reports that cremation has been more common than burials since 2015. There are many reasons for this, including:
- The cost of burial and funerals
- The location of family members
- Personal preferences
You might wonder: why is it important to understand these trends?
To some, cremation was a controversial option, especially when it came to religious rules. Now, it is more common than burials. It is important to understand these trends because they influence our culture – which influences us, even if we do not know it.
Preserving values and legacies in death can be a big deal
Many people want to ensure their funeral plans adhere to the values they held close in life as well. This is one reason why green burials are also becoming more common in California.
Funeral services are also called “celebrations of life.” By planning your funeral in advance, you can ensure that the celebration accurately reflects your life’s values.
Making all of your wishes known is what is most important
There are many options for individuals to consider when it comes to planning their funerals. The myriad of options can be overwhelming for your family to deal with on top of grief – especially if they do not know your wishes.
Your wishes and values are the most important factor here. As we discussed in previous blog posts, establishing your wishes can protect your legacy while reducing the stress on your family in difficult times.