Making pre-arrangements for your funeral can help alleviate stress and anxiety for your loved ones after you pass. Funeral pre-planning can provide you with peace of mind that your final wishes are clearly understood, the knowledge that your friends and family will not have to make difficult decisions while dealing with their grief, and certainty that careful measures are taken ahead of your service. Leavitt's Mortuary & Aultorest Memorial Park has been serving the Ogden, UT area for 90 years, so we have the experience and expertise to guide you through the funeral pre-planning process. We will present your options and provide information on steps you can take to make things as smooth as possible.
Regardless of how in-depth your funeral pre-arrangements are, you should make clear whether you would prefer to be buried or cremated. You can let your loved ones know personally, put your wishes in a last will, or express your desires in a letter to your family. Even if you have no preference, make that known. If you would like to be buried, your funeral pre-planning can include a decision about a burial plot or a place in a cemetery's mausoleum. Leavitt's Mortuary & Aultorest Memorial Park can help provide options on this front. Should you prefer to be cremated, it is important to choose what you want your loved ones to do with your cremains. Possibilities include burial, scattering, or storage in urns.
Once you have chosen between burial and cremation, you will have a related decision to make. Caskets and decorative urns come in a variety of styles and prices. You can relieve some of the decision-making duties of your friends and family by selecting a vessel ahead of time. You can choose a casket from a funeral home or online retailer that will fit your style. An urn, too, is a personal choice that would be best made by you. Other products to consider include a burial vault or grave liner, cremation casket, or urn vault.
The immediate aftermath of a death is an emotional whirlwind for everyone involved. For that reason, it is prudent to choose a funeral director as part of your pre-arrangements. You can establish a rapport with a funeral director who can come to understand your wishes and desires. He or she will then be able to assist your loved ones with the details of your funeral when that time comes. Having a personal relationship with a funeral director will help him or her suggest approaches that reflect your individuality. The funeral director can also direct you toward a cemetery to choose a plot or crematory to arrange a cremation.
Leavitt's Mortuary & Aultorest Memorial Park can help you with cemetery arrangements in Ogden, UT. If you do not make funeral pre-arrangements, your family will have to find a cemetery plot or grave hastily and may not be able to visit the site before making such a decision. By taking care of this step ahead of time, you can ensure that the location and grounds maintenance are up to your standards. You can also determine whether you want a single plot or multiple plots and visit the area for added assurance. This makes one less chore for your loved ones with heavy hearts.
There is a multitude of styles for celebration of life services from which to choose. You can opt for a funeral, graveside service, memorial service, or in-home funeral service. These can also be accompanied by wakes, viewings, and visitations, with a range of guests invited to each. Letting your loved ones know how you want to be remembered or celebrated is critical. In choosing from these options, you can also determine the location of your service, who you want to serve as your pallbearers, and songs or pieces of scripture with special meaning that you want included in the proceedings.
It is not necessary to prepay for your funeral even though that is an option for you. However, it is prudent to compare options and prices while you can. If you do not agree to prices or payment options in advance, your family will be at the mercy of funeral homes that know time is of the essence after you have passed. Many funeral homes also offer packages but be careful not to be influenced by what seems like a deal. You can pick and choose different vendors from whom to purchase flowers, urns, and grave sites to save money. If you do pay for a funeral in advance, be aware of what you are purchasing, any protections you have from the company, and whether your agreement is cancellable.
Professionals estimate that loved ones make up to 75 decisions within the first two days of someone's death. That can be overwhelming for family members with heavy hearts, making it difficult for them to think rationally and present your life as you would wish. Funeral pre-planning in Ogden, UT can help ease that burden. Make clear how you want your services to be handled or write it down for easy reference. You can relay decisions such as whether you want to be buried or cremated, who you want to officiate the service, who should participate or be invited, and any other design elements. Leavitt's Mortuary & Aultorest Memorial Park can help.