Funeral Planning & Cremation Services

If you’re a senior, you may have a vision of the type of funeral you’d like or perhaps you prefer cremation, but have you taken the time to express what you want to your family? You may also be unsure of or have questions about the available options in your area and their affordability.

Thinking about this final celebration of your life doesn’t have to be depressing. In fact, you can achieve a certain level of comfort and peace in knowing that you’ve taken care of the details, that your service will be exactly the way you envisioned it, and that no unnecessary burdens will be placed on your loved ones when you’re gone. In fact, family members, especially children and spouses, can feel very overwhelmed when they have to plan a funeral and have no idea of what their loved one would have wanted.

And remember, that even if you don’t want to fully plan your funeral in advance, at least speak to a family member about your wishes or better yet, leave some instructions about what you want in writing and tell them how you expect for them to pay for your arrangements.

If you’re a family member of a senior and want to help them to plan for the end of their lives to make sure their wishes are honored, you should try to bring this up in conversation. You might be surprised to find that they actually wanted to talk about it, but were reluctant to bring it up themselves. Or if they just won’t speak to you on the topic, consider bringing in a professional to help.

Whether you’re a senior or a family member, a funeral planning consultant can help you to explore your options and to iron out the details for final arrangements, whether it be a funeral, cremation or some other form of service. You can typically pay for some or all services in advance so you know that everything is covered.

Checklist Of Things To Consider

  • How much of my funeral can I plan in advance to make it easy on loved ones?
  • What are the different casket and cremation options?
  • How much of the cost will fall on my loved ones?
  • What are the different headstone options?

Cost Of Funeral Planning & Cremation Services

According to, the average cost of a funeral in America is between $7,000 and $10,000.