The Five Questions

The subject of funerals is never easy to discuss. Discussing your funeral in advance can be a worthwhile experience in light of the impact your own death will have on those you love most. For this reason we have compiled, with the help of many people like you, the five most frequently asked questions voiced by people considering their own funerals.

1. IF MY DEATH OCCURRED TOMORROW, MY FUNERAL WOULD BE ARRANGED BY?

  • My Spouse
  • My son or daughter
  • More than one of my children
  • A good neighbor
  • One or both of my parents
  • I’m not sure

2. IF MY DEATH OCCURRED TOMORROW, THE MONEY NEEDED TO PAY FOR MY FUNERAL WOULD COME FROM?

  • My life insurance
  • My savings
  • My children’s savings
  • My parents savings
  • A bank loan taken out by my spouse
  • I’m not sure

3. IF MY DEATH OCCURRED TOMORROW, THE FUNERAL I WANT WOULD INCLUDE:

  • A copper or bronze casket
  • A hardwood casket
  • A steel casket
  • Cremation with a Memorial Service
  • Visitation for friends and relatives
  • My favorite pastor, priest or rabbi
  • I’m not sure

4. IF MY DEATH OCCURRED TOMORROW, I WOULD EXPECT MY FUNERAL TO COST:

  • No idea
  • Under $1,500
  • Between $1,501 and $2,500
  • Between $2,501 and $3,000
  • Between $3,501 and $5,000
  • Between $5,001 and $7,500
  • Over $7,500

5. IF MY DEATH WERE TO OCCUR TOMORROW, WHAT I WOULD REGRET MOST REGARDING MY FINAL ARRANGEMENTS WOULD BE:

  • The emotional burden it would place on my survivors
  • No one would know what I wanted for myself or for my loved ones
  • The financial strain it would cause my survivors
  • The possibility of emotional overspending
  • The potential for disagreements and conflict among my survivors over what to do
  • That I had not taken care of it myself ahead of time

We hope the issues raised in these 5 questions have provided you with new insights as to how you can better prepare for the future.

We welcome your questions.