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Are There Benefits to Advanced Funeral Arrangement?

For some Catholics, many facets of their funeral are a foregone conclusion. Maybe you’ve always known you’ll be buried in a family plot, or maybe you’ve long-attended a church with an attached cemetery where your family members have been buried for generations. However, even if you think that all the boxes have been checked regarding your funeral arrangements, you might want to take a closer look. Many aspects of a funeral are extremely personal and can be decided ahead of time.

  • You can decide where you stand on tradition. The traditional funeral for a Catholic is focused on ritual and worship with a homily and funeral readings instead of eulogies and personal touches. If that is what you want, go for it! You can, however, decide to turn your funeral into a celebration of life with friends and family members focusing on all the things that made your life unique.
  • Pre-planning is about more than just burial planning or having a cremation plan. For instance, you can choose your favorite music, floral placements, and funeral readings. You can also select your favorite scripture verses and songs, choose mementos of your life that you would like displayed, decide on what you’d like to wear, and more. A pre-need counselor can help you think of all the answers to questions that will be asked when the time comes.
  • It’s not difficult to plan, especially with help from a funeral plan provider. In fact, it’s probably easier than you think. One innovation that makes it even easier: online funeral planning.
  • If you pay in advance, it will probably save your family some money. When you pre-pay, it locks in today’s costs and protects against inflation. On the other hand, you may prefer to carry burial insurance or set aside a special fund, and that’s a perfectly acceptable option as well.

When you’re ready to discuss advanced funeral arrangement for your Catholic funeral, Catholic Cemeteries of the Diocese of San Jose can help. Our knowledgeable and compassionate staff has all the information you need and can help you make a plan that respects your faith and honors your life. Call us today at 833-428-0379 or visit our website for more information.

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