Preplanning Your Funeral in 2022: What You Need to Know
As 2021 ends, you may be spending time with family during the holidays, reflecting on this year and planning for 2022. As unpredictable as this year was, you can start defining your legacy. Start by having conversations with your loved ones about funeral preplanning. We’ve made it easy by outlining some things to consider for 2022 when you start the preplanning process.
Planning together with loved ones
The holidays are often a perfect time to start having these conversations, as families are gathered. With your loved ones around, you can all plan logistics and get input from family members to complete your preplanned arrangement and define your legacy. Making these decisions together can help make the time of need less stressful too. Ensure these conversations are healthy, as the holidays can also be a stressful time for many people. Learn healthy holiday coping strategies for grief from the National Funeral Directors Association.
Be Aware of All of Your Options
If you’ve been to a funeral, it was most likely a traditional visitation to funeral format. For people not wanting to go the traditional route, there are more non-traditional options like green burials or funeral services in venues other than the funeral home or a religious location. Your chosen funeral provider can help you explore these alternative options that fit your personality and beliefs.
Consider that prices will increase
According to the National Funeral Directors Association, the average funeral price in 2021 was $7,848 - a number that will increase over the coming years. You may not know that preplanning a funeral can save you money in the long run, because much of the cost is locked in at the time you purchase. Knowing your options and educating yourself on funeral expenses can help you save even more money.