Effective Funeral Planning that Relieves Stress

Take charge of your life through proactive preparations - including planning your own funeral - with funeral planning services from The Postage.

  • Record your last wishes and preferences
  • Assign your delegates to receive them
  • Schedule to release your details when you pass
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Our 5-Step Funeral Planning Guide

Planning your funeral shouldn’t be scary. It gives you the opportunity to show your loved ones how much you care about them by taking one of the most important parts of the estate planning process off their hands. Plus, it’s a way to communicate what’s important to you after you’re gone.

The Postage helps you safely store essential documents and timely preferences about the most crucial aspects of the funeral planning process, including:

  • Your body
  • The ceremony
  • The events of the ceremony
  • Your remains after the ceremony
  • The finances
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1. What Happens to Your Body?

Known in industry terms as the “disposition,” this question simply asks, “Do you want a burial or cremation?”

It’s essential that your family knows your last wishes – including your “Do not resuscitate” and organ donation preferences – and that someone can locate the proof of your decision in your Postage profile.

 

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2. What Type of Ceremony do You Want?

The type of ceremony you hold – and when you hold it – depends upon the person and their family. If you want something specific, you should state it plainly in your Postage account and ensure your delegate has access to your wishes.

Common options include:

  • Visitation
  • Viewing
  • Wake
  • Memorial
  • Funeral
  • Celebration
  • Graveside service
  • Reception
  • Scattering of ashes
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3. What Do You Want to Happen During the Ceremony?

If you don’t outline how little or how much you want to happen, your family will have to make these decisions on your behalf. When planning the events of your funeral, you should account for the following:

  • Guests
  • Music
  • Speakers
  • Decorations
  • Food
  • Obituary
  • Multimedia
  • Pallbearers

Whatever you decide, The Postage simplifies the process of inviting people to your funeral. By uploading your contact lists, your loved ones know how to reach your friends from work, book club, church, fantasy football league, and more.

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4. What Happens to Your Remains After the Ceremony?

Once you’ve created your funeral plan, it’s now time to decide what happens with your remains. You have a few options available:

Burial

  • Cemetery: in-ground, mausoleum, crypt, tomb, etc.
  • Green: no chemicals, pine box, shroud, etc.
  • Home or alternative property

Cremation

  • Urn
  • Monument
  • Keepsake – like a diamond.

You also have to create a timeline of events, with common situations including:

  • Cremation after the funeral so everyone can have one last look at your body.
  • Cremation after death, giving your family more time to plan.
  • Specific preparations must be completed, depending upon the readiness of your burial location.

The Postage makes it simple for you to organize and assemble your last wishes. The platform encourages you to think about crucial end-of-life details you may never have considered, especially in terms of your preferences.

 

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5. How Will Your Family Pay for Your Funeral?

Funerals can be costly. The average funeral costs $8,500 and nearly doubles every 5 years. Planning ahead can provide your family with some financial relief, some of your top options include:

  • Funeral savings account
  • Liquidating assets

Your family should remember the good times they had with you, not the financial burden of saying goodbye. You can include the information about your financial decisions into your Postage profile where the assigned delegate(s) can find it.

The Postage Can Help with Your Funeral Planning Needs

All of these funeral details are difficult to keep track of without proper documentation. This is where The Postage excels! With our safe and secure online platform, you can record your last wishes and funeral preferences as part of your estate plan and then schedule to release the necessary details to your delegates upon your passing. You can use our intuitive interface to upload information about your funeral plans in just a few clicks, including personal details for your family and directions for your delegates.

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