As funeral costs rise, end-of-life planning is becoming almost as essential as retirement planning. Creating clear instructions for your family members to follow after your death and locking in current funeral prices can bring peace to your family as they mourn your loss. Many funeral plans contain detailed instructions about burial services, plots, and caskets. But if you want to be cremated, leaving detailed instructions for your family members is still important.
When a family member passes away and you're left with the task of planning a funeral, the last thing you want to think about is cost. Unfortunately, with the average funeral in the United States costing between $7,000 and $12,000, many families simply don't have the luxury of not having to worry about pricing.
The good news is that no matter what your budget may be, there are some steps you can take to plan your loved one a beautiful funeral or memorial service.