No one wants to think about their death any sooner than they must, but making arrangements in advance, called "preplanning" or "prearranging," is a responsible, caring act that can reduce stress for your grieving loved ones. It's easy to understand how making decisions now about your final arrangements can help assure those left behind that your wishes are being honored.
"I'm glad I prearranged my Memorial Service and cremation arrangements because after losing my wife a couple of months ago, I don't want my family to have any worries or go through what I had to go through both emotionally and financially." – Jerome, age 62, Richmond, VA
Be Wise: Take responsibility for your arrangements.
Just as estate planning and creating a will are responsible actions, planning your final arrangements in advance makes emotional and financial sense and protects your loved ones from the burden of planning services for you.
Think Wisely: Eliminate guesswork for your family.
When you make arrangements for your cremains in advance, you'll help alleviate your family's burden of making difficult decisions at what will be an already difficult time. With your wishes recorded, they won't be left to guess what you would have wanted.
Plan Wisely: Personalize your service.
Making your final arrangements in advance allows you to influence the personal details that are important to you. Celebrate your life, your way.
Act Wisely: Avoid emotional overspending.
By communicating exactly what you want, you can keep your family from purchasing unnecessary additions to your final arrangements.
Invest Wisely: Find the value and quality you want at Community Mennonite Church.
Investigate the services our Memory Garden offers as an alternative way to have one's cremains placed in a permanent location for future generations to visit. Whether you simply want to ensure that your wishes are carried out, or you want to protect your family from making difficult decisions at a time of loss, planning your final arrangements in advance is an important responsibility, and one of the greatest gifts you can give your loved ones.
So don't wait. Start planning now. Use our free online contribution tool to make your selections now.
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