Cremation: The Importance of Planning Ahead
Many of us spend considerable amounts of time thinking about death and what we want done with our remains. While some of us don’t have a preference, many of us have very specific wishes. Either way, it’s always a good idea to plan ahead. Here’s a brief look at the importance of planning your own cremation and memorial service:
- Finding peace of mind
Even if you’re perfectly healthy, planning your cremation and memorial service can grant you peace of mind. Contrary to popular belief, cremation does not limit the variety of options for your remains; in fact, you can still have an open casket service before the cremation if you wish. Whichever option you choose for your remains, it’s soothing to know that your wishes are known.
- Considering your survivors
If you don’t plan your memorial ahead of time, you could leave your survivors in a very tough situation. In addition to dealing with the grief of your passing, your loved ones will have to guess which kind of ceremony you would have preferred. Even if you have no particular preference as to what happens to your body, making these decisions can be very stressful for the ones you leave behind.
- Looking after your remains
Many of us have very specific wishes for what happens to our remains, often based in religion or spirituality. If you belong to a particular faith, then pre-planning your cremation and memorial is the best way to ensure that all of the proper rites are observed. If your loved ones also belong to that same faith, pre-planning the appropriate memorial can also help them find closure in their time of grief.
Since planning your own cremation and memorial service requires you to consider your own death, it’s not an easy task. However, for the sake of your loved ones and your own inner peace, it is essential. For help planning the specifics of your cremation and memorial service, call Chapel of the Chimes Oakland at (510) 992-6709.