Elephas Group is in the business of removing as much stress as possible for family members. The death of a loved one is a stressful event, and when a funeral is not planned in advance, many large details need to be figured out in a short period of time.
All anyone wants during a funeral is to grieve with friends and family, and honour the life that was. Unfortunately, most funerals come with a heap of extra stress and baggage we aren’t always in the right frame of mind to deal with.
In our Elephas Group blog, we’ve highlighted some of the benefits the of pre-paying for your funeral.. In today’s blog, we will highlight some of the common stresses that occur when funerals haven’t been planned for in advance.
1. Financial burden
In the days leading up to the funeral, the family members of the deceased are presented with an overwhelming amount of decisions and financial obligations. With the high amount of stress and lack of time, many aren’t in the right space to make the best decisions financially.
How much is each family member going to contribute? Will we be able to afford these costs? How much should we spend on flowers? These questions can be answered or completely removed from the equation if there was already a Final Needs Plan in place. By budgeting out a few small payments a month in advance, families will have more flexibility to make the best decisions possible.
2. Lack of preparation time
Like we mentioned in the last section, we tend to make a lot of compromises when we are rushed. We don’t have time to ensure the floral arrangements are what the deceased would have liked. Or the casket picked out wasn’t the ideal one everyone would have wanted. When our loved ones are concerned, we don’t want to be in a compromising situation.
When decisions are made well in advance, there is a lot of time to make decisions. You can shop around for the best caterers and find the best prices on the casket. When these arrangements are made ahead of time, there will be far less time worrying about making expensive purchases, and more time for families to grieve together.
3. Stressing about the details
When someone passes on, there can be a lot of paperwork that needs attention. While the person has passed, many of their accounts, subscriptions, and bills are still active. It is important to make sure these accounts are attended to at once to avoid any potential fraudulent behaviour or any recurring payments on these accounts.
By utilizing the Final Documents Service included in the Final Needs Planning Program™️️, all government, financial institutions will be immediately notified that the accounts should be changed, cancelled, or transferred.
4. Family conflicts
It’s not everyday we are called to deal with a stressful situation. So when multiple stressed-out family members are planning a funeral at once, sometimes our relationships can be tested.
Common issues that arise are arguments over whether keep or sell the house, how much the funeral should cost, and what items should be kept by whom. Even though it is the last thing members of a family may want to deal with, it is a topic that is better addressed in advance.
The best thing to keep in mind is you all want what’s best and you set time aside to make sure everyone’s concerns are being heard and everything is being carried out properly. When the deceased makes their last wishes available, many potential areas of conflict can be averted.
Ease future stress with the Final Needs Planning Program™️️ Today
If you’re worried about the stresses listed above affecting your family, then perhaps it’s time to start pre planning your funeral. If you think you are ready, then you should invest a brief amount of time to meet with one of our provincially approved licensed consultants at the Final Needs Planning Program™️️.
There is no medical required and everyone is guaranteed a plan that works for you and your family. We urge you to consult one of our consultants today.