Even Simple Funerals Are Not Simple
It’s no secret that funeral planning can be complicated. Often, we have to guess what our loved one would have wanted. Sometimes we know, but other times we don’t. We just have to hope we’re making the right decision. Because of this, it’s tempting to think, “I just want something simple, and there’s no need to plan for that.”
The truth is, there’s no such thing as a simple funeral. Even the most minimalist of services requires planning, coordination, and thoughtful decision-making. Furthermore, “simple” is a very subjective idea. Will your family know that “simple” means you want to be cremated? Or will they interpret that as a viewing and burial with a small guest list?
When you preplan your own funeral arrangements, you make sure everything is decided in advance. You can plan services that reflect your wishes and personality, and free your family from the burden of decision-making and planning that could interrupt their grieving process. Miller-Jones has been helping the Inland Empire preplan their own funeral services for years. Here’s what you need to know.
I Want A Simple Funeral Service. How Will Preplanning Help?
A simple funeral service can be a moving tribute to a life lived. However, without preplanning, a “simple” funeral can quickly become very elaborate. If your family isn’t sure about what you would have wanted, they might decide to say “yes” to everything. Suddenly, the simple scattering ceremony that you envisioned has become a viewing, church service, graveside service, and burial.
When you preplan, you ensure that your funeral is how you want it by making every decision in advance. This frees your family from having to make difficult decisions while they are grieving, and eliminates any “emotional spending” they might do because they want to do right by your memory.
Can Anyone Make Changes To My Funeral Preplanning?
When you make your preplans, you can decide if anyone can make changes after you’re gone. If you decide that you don’t want anyone to change your plans, then we will ensure that they are set in stone. We will keep your plans safe until your family needs them. At that time, all they will have to do is contact us. We will make sure your final wishes are carried out as you planned them.
How Do I Get Started With Preplanning?
Preplanning your own funeral services might feel overwhelming at first, but you won’t be doing this alone. We will help you at every step along the way. We can help you make the big decisions, like choosing between burial or cremation, and the smaller but equally important ones, too, like how you’d like to personalize your services.
We also recommend involving a close family member or friend. They can both support you emotionally through this process, and also bring ideas to the table and help you make the bigger decisions. It’s important to remember that funerals are for the living. While your funeral services should be a personalized reflection of who you are, your family and friends will be the ones who actually experience them. Their needs should be kept in mind.
Miller-Jones Mortuary and Crematory is proud to serve the families of the Inland Empire, California. Reach out to us at any time to learn more about preplanning and how we can help you plan a funeral service tailored to your needs. Call us at (951) 658-3161, find a location convenient to you, or send us a note here.