If you’re like most people, you aren’t eager to spend time thinking about what would happen if you became unable to direct your own medical care because of illness, an accident, or advanced age. However, if you don’t do at least a little bit of planning — writing down your wishes about the kinds of […]
Funeral and Memorial Services
Welcome to Day 20!
Today you will compile details regarding your wishes and any arrangements that you have made for services and ceremonies after your departure.
If you have the Yup I’m Dead…Now What? Book, you can find it in Chapter 23.
If you’ve ever settled a loved one’s affairs, you know how much goes into planning a funeral or memorial service. Family and friends may differ in opinions about how the person should be honored, and decisions must be made very quickly.
Documenting your wishes will provide tremendous relief to your loved ones. If you choose to go one step further, and pre-plan and pre-pay for your arrangements, then that is the ultimate way to, (not only) be sure your wishes are honored, but to alleviate the stress placed on family members, and to get the best price on these services and arrangements.
In Chapter 23, you will indicate all details regarding the Type of Service you would like, existing arrangements as well as location of documents, who you would like invited, as well as timing, special requests, music selection, readings, Pallbearers, right down to whether or not you would like a celebration of life and the food you would like included.
Sound like alot? Don’t worry. We will walk you through the steps!
Viewing/Wake – begin by checking the box. If you choose “no”, you can skip to the next section “Funeral or Memorial Service”. If you are not ready to make the decision and want to leave it up to your Family to decide, just write “Family can choose”. If you would like to list your wishes/and or arrangements that you have already made, then list the Type of Service, Location and Contact Info, Document Locations, Invitees, etc. Maybe you want Family and Friends only, or a certain music selection to play.
Funeral or Memorial Service – begin by checking the box if you would like a Funeral or Memorial Service. If you choose “no”, you can skip to the next section. If you are not ready to make the decision and want to leave it up to your Family to decide, just write “Family can choose”. If you would like to list your wishes/and or arrangements that you have already made, then list the Location and Contact Info, Document Locations, Flower Preferences, Invitees, Type of Service, and any other notes regarding timing, etc.
Eulogy – In this section, you will indicate you wish to speak at your service, including contact information. This can be one or multiple persons.
Music Selections – Include your wishes for specific music to be played during your service.
Readings – Describe any readings you prefer, such as scripture or poetry and if possible, include a copy in your book or documents that are attached.
Pallbearers – If your casket will be carried to and from your service, you can name 8 pallbearers here.
Graveside Ceremony – If you would like a graveside ceremony, you can list the details of your wishes here.
Reception or Celebration of Life – If you would not like a Celebration of Life, you can check “no” and move on. If you would like one, check “yes” and indicate the details here. Maybe you want a certain music or food selection, or would like family and friends to gather and watch old movies. It’s YOUR party! YOU plan it YOUR way!
You may be thinking this is ALOT of information and decisions that need to be made. Here are a few resources to help you out: