If you’ve ever planned a funeral, you know there are countless details to consider when making arrangements. By planning your own funeral in advance, you can enjoy benefits such as removing the emotional burden from your loved ones, expressing your own wishes for how you want to be remembered and relieving your family of the financial responsibility of paying for your funeral.
In 2017, Homesteaders conducted a survey of Homesteaders policy owners to learn more about their experiences with planning and funding their funerals in advance. Here are a few of the insights that this study revealed:
96% of surveyed policy owners are "completely" or "very" satisfied.
The Homesteaders survey respondents indicated very high levels of satisfaction with the decision to prearrange. Most of these policy owners (76%) reported that they were "completely" satisfied with their decision to make advance funeral plans.
Surveyed policy owners are highly likely to recommend prearranging.
Nearly all (96%) of the survey respondents would at least consider recommending prearranging. In fact, 42% of these policy owners had already recommended prearranging within a few weeks of making their own arrangements.
Most surveyed policy owners prearrange to eliminate burdens.
Respondents reported that many reasons were important to their decision to prearrange. Their top reasons included "eliminating emotional burden from kids," "eliminating financial burden from kids" and "fulfilling my responsibility."
When you contact your funeral provider, you’ll be invited to meet with a funeral planning professional who can help guide you through the process. This expert can answer your questions and provide resources to help you make the best decisions for you and your family.
You’ll have the opportunity to develop a unique event to celebrate your life – planning a funeral in advance can even be a joyful experience that provides peace of mind. You may alter your advance funeral plan at a later date if you want to make changes or additions to the options you select. Contact your funeral professional, and they will help ensure that your funeral plan reflects your wishes.
Please watch our video presentation, Think of Me When®, to learn more about advance funeral planning.