Your Guide to Funeral Planning | 06.29.2023

Providing Options For Memorialization — Pre-plan Your Funeral

Providing Options For Memorialization — Pre-plan Your Funeral

Reviewed By: Joshua Siegel

Cross Checked By: William Prout

Forms Of Memorialization

Memorialization is a deeply personal choice, and it is important to consider the wishes and preferences of the deceased and their loved ones when selecting the most appropriate form for them. Here are some popular memorialization options:

  • Burials: Burials are a form of memorialization where the deceased's loved ones pay their respects before lowering the body into a burial plot. This plot is often signified by a gravestone marker, which includes the individual's name, date of birth and death, and some words to remember them by.
  • Cremation: Cremation is the burning of the deceased’s body and scattering their ashes. Their family might choose to store the ashes in an urn and hold a memorial to pay respects before scattering their ashes at a location that bears significance to the deceased’s life. Alternatively, their ashes might be stored in a cremation urn or other such memorabilia.
  • Keepsakes: Sometimes a memorial service involves the distribution of keepsakes from the deceased’s life. This might be in the form of pendants or bracelets that store ashes, or items from the individual's life that hold sentimental values.
  • Charitable Contributions: A cash donation may be made to a charitable organization or trust in the individual's name. This is done to honor their life and any cause they believed in and supported.

Checklist For Pre-Planning A Memorial

The process of planning custom memorialization may seem like a daunting task, especially if you’ve just experienced a loss recently. This checklist should act as a guide to most of the important considerations for funeral pre-planning.

  • Determine the type of memorial service: Choose what kind of memorial service you want to opt for and consider all factors; Open or closed casket, burial or cremation, and so on.
  • Pick a funeral home and director: A funeral director should be able to help you evaluate your options, discuss dates and funeral costs, understand the legality of the funeral service, and also cater to any special requests you may have.
  • Obtain necessary documentation: You must have a death certificate, as well as a cremation or burial permit. Your funeral director should be able to guide you with respect to these documents.
  • Address any financial or legal considerations: If the deceased has a will or insurance claims, they will need to be settled. Also, if they have several dependants without a will their estate must be distributed between said dependants. Hiring an estate lawyer will smooth out this process.
  • Notify close friends and family: Let the deceased loved ones know about their demise, and also about when you plan on holding the memorial service so they can clear their schedule to attend.

Tips For Pre-Arranging Funeral Services

Here are some tips to consider when funeral planning:

  • Decide on burial or cremation: Consider whether you prefer traditional burial or cremation. Research the pros and cons of each option and make an informed decision based on your personal beliefs and preferences.
  • Select a burial plot or cremation urn: If you opt for a burial, you may want to choose a specific burial plot or cemetery. You can also pre plan a casket to save time. For cremation, decide on the type of urn or vessel you would like your ashes to be placed in.
  • Choose a type of service: Determine the type of funeral service or memorialization you prefer, such as a traditional funeral service, a memorial service, or a celebration of life. Consider any specific rituals, readings, or music you would like to include.
  • Consider personalization: Think about how you want your funeral to reflect your life and personality. Consider personal touches like selecting meaningful flowers, specific themes, or unique elements that represent your interests and passions.
  • Review and update: Regularly review and update your pre-arranged funeral plans. Circumstances may change over time, and it’s important to ensure that your preferences are still accurate and up to date. Make adjustments as needed and inform your loved ones of any changes.

Pre-planning funeral services allow you to have a say in your end-of-life arrangements and provide peace of mind for both you and your loved ones. With a commitment to craftsmanship and affordability, Titan Casket offers a wide range of caskets designed to meet the diverse needs and preferences of individuals and families. Our caskets are crafted with attention to detail, using premium materials to ensure durability and a dignified final resting place.