While it may difficult, it’s perfectly natural for the elderly to consider their end-of-life plans. Death is a part of life and planning funerals ahead of time has become increasingly popular. The staff at Home Care Assistance, a trusted provider of senior in-home care San Antonio families can trust, hope you and your loved one will consider the following information while organizing his or her funeral.
Cost and Savings
According to the National Funeral Directors Association, a standard funeral (including the preparation of the remains, the wake or viewing, and burial) costs over $8,300. Discuss the financial aspects of funeral planning and, if funds are an issue, cost-saving measures. If your loved one is interested in prepaid plans, contact the family mortuary to meet with the director.
Spiritual or Religious Considerations
Some religions have strict guidelines for funeral rites, while others do not. Discuss any rites and guidelines such as blessings, the manner in which the remains should be handled and what form of interment is preferred. If your loved one subscribes to a strict sect and is unsure about funeral details, offer to contact a member of clergy for guidance.
With the end of life comes decisions about property, inheritance and the passing down of sentimental items. It’s also important to discuss topics such as organ donation, the details of the mourners list and who should be listed in the obituary. Some people also like to select music to be played or prayers to be recited at the service.
Talking about end-of-life plans can be a touchy topic, but by helping your loved one make arrangements in advance, he or she can take comfort knowing those left behind will know how to carry out his or her final wishes. If your loved one could use extra support during the golden years, contact Home Care Assistance. We provide part-time hourly care in San Antonio, TX, and we make your family member’s needs a top priority. Whether your loved one would like help around the house, personal care assistance, or genuine companionship, we can help. Call us today at 210.495.6300 to learn more and schedule your complimentary consultation.