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5 Reasons Why You Should Pre-Plan Your Funeral

Published: August 27, 2019

Funeral planning isn’t something we really want to think about, but it’s extremely important, nonetheless. Not only planning the funerals of loved ones we lose along the way, but also preplanning your own funeral. Whether it’s something you’ve thought about before or not, here are some key reasons why you should consider preplanning services for your funeral.

Get the send-off you want

Maybe you’ve already imagined what you’d like your funeral to be like. Preplanning ensures that you get all of this when the time comes. You can decide whether you have a burial or a cremation funeral, whether you want an open coffin or not, what music and readings you’d like, along with lots of other details.

Take the burden off your loved ones

Planning something like a funeral can be stressful at the best of times, never mind while you’re grieving. Planning your funeral in advance takes some of the pressure off your loved ones so that they have fewer decisions to make and things to organize.

And the financial burden

As well as the stress of organizing the day, funerals can also be expensive affairs, depending on the details. Preplanning and pre-paying your funeral takes the financial burden off your family so they don’t have to pay a lot of money all at once. Even if money from your will covers the funeral costs, it often takes a while for this to be settled and for your family to actually receive the money.

Make it more affordable

Since funeral costs can be a lot to pay all at once, preplanning is advantageous since it allows you to pay in installments. This makes it more affordable and manageable over time, so you can choose the details that you want for your funeral without having to hold back due to budget.

Make sure your affairs are in order

Arranging your will and putting the rest of your affairs in order is something that people often put off. If you decide to preplan your funeral, then it ensures that you remember to settle everything else, like your will and life insurance that could support your family.

If you’re ready to start preplanning your funeral, then you start your pre-arrangements form on our website. Or get in touch with us if you have any more questions about funeral planning for you or a loved one.

Is Cremation or Burial Right for You?

Published: August 14, 2019

When you’re preplanning your funeral, there are lots of decisions you can make to ensure that you get the send-off that’s right for you. One important decision is whether you would like to be buried or cremated. If you’re planning a funeral for a loved one, then you might also need to make this decision for them.

We’ll look at some of the reasons why people prefer one over the other to help you decide between a burial and a cremation funeral.


If cost is an important factor in your funeral planning, then cremation is generally the more affordable option. Prices for burial vary greatly, especially when it comes to choosing a casket. Many of the additional costs associated with burial are not needed for cremation, especially if the body is created right away without a viewing first.

Religious beliefs

Some people’s choices come down to religious beliefs since some religions encourage one option over the other. Some even forbid burial or cremation, depending on the religion in question and the beliefs that they hold. However, these attitudes seem to be turning more relaxed with time.

Environmental impact

If you’re worried about the impact your death will have on the environment, then there are pros and cons for each option. Embalming fluids are thought to be bad for the environment, which is typically used in burial and may also be used for cremation if the body is to be viewed first. For burial, the type of casket you choose will have a big impact on eco-friendliness. More people are now choosing biodegradable caskets to limit their impact on the environment.

Personal preference

Most of the choice between burial and cremation comes down to personal preference. Some people might not like the idea of cremation, while others can’t stand the thought of their body decomposing in the ground. Many people choose cremation because they like the idea of being returned to a place that was special to them during life. This is often a completely personal choice that you must think about.

Family’s wishes

You might also take your family’s wishes into consideration. Some families take comfort in being able to visit a grave while others might prefer to take home a decorative urn containing the ashes of their loved one. Many people choose burial in order to have an open casket at the funeral, but this can also be done with cremation services, with the funeral taking place before the body is cremated.

Whichever option is right for you, Hayworth Miller can help you carry out your wishes or those of your loved one. We can help you with prearrangement services, cremation services, and more to help make funeral planning easier on you and your family. Get in touch for funeral care around Winston Salem and Lewisville, NC.

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