The Importance of Advance Planning, Part 2

Continued from last month:

In addition to those choices–there are many more:

• What will you include in a memorial package?
• What flowers do you prefer?
• Do you want a flag case?
• Number of death certificates needed?
• Newspapers the obituary should be in?
• Are police escorts needed?
• Does a final date need to be engraved?
• Who should receive an honorarium?
• Will you have a flag draped casket?

When your family is trying to make these decisions at the time of your death it can be overwhelming. After a death, emotions are at a peak and families often disagree with what should take place, having no idea what you would have wanted. Emotional overspending is common because people tend to make decisions with emotion instead of logic.

The average inflation rate over the last five decades has been 4.8% which means prices double every 12 to 15 years. No one can predict the future, but at some point this bill will come due. The problem is you have no idea how much it’s going to be, or who will have to pay it. So the question becomes, “who’s responsible for this?”

It’s a fact of life that at every person’s death, the disposition of their remains becomes someone’s responsibility. Either you or someone in your family will have to accept this responsibility.

Financial implications aside, the only cost to plan ahead is your time and the willingness to do it. If you think about it, there’s no reason not to. Simply put, no family regrets having arrangements preplanned and prefunded. It just makes sense, regardless of what happens in your life, to make sure this issue doesn’t become a burden to your loved ones.

For more information about advance planning at Northern Indiana Funeral Care, call us toll-free at 1-877-328-2756 or visit


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