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The New Year is upon us, and for many of us, that means it’s time to try some self-improvement. Each year we make resolutions, whether to lose weight, save money, exercise more, or some other virtuous endeavor. Often, our good intentions notwithstanding, most resolutions fall by the wayside by the time February rolls around. This year, why not make a resolution that’s not just good for you and your family, but also easy to keep?

The resolution in question? Resolving to preplan your end of life arrangements. Preplanning is an important accomplishment because knowing that your wishes have been made known can bring you peace and set your mind at ease. It doesn’t take long to do, and it’s not difficult to manage. Once it’s done, you can move on and not give it another thought.

When you preplan, you get to make your own decisions. This doesn’t apply just to big decisions like the choice between burial or cremation, or where your final resting place should be, but also to the smaller details.

  • Music: A Catholic funeral requires sacred music. While non-liturgical music is not permitted, you can arrange your service so that your favorite hymns are played. Hearing the music you loved and listening to the words that were meaningful to you can make your service very special to your loved ones.
  • Readings: The Catholic Church has set aside a list of scripture readings appropriate for use during a funeral Mass. Using this list, you can choose your favorite verses to add something of yourself to your service.
  • Arrangements: When you preplan your funeral, you decide who will be pallbearers, how the service will be conducted, and even little details like what kind of flowers you’d like, whether you’d like donations made in your memory instead of flowers, and how the guestbook should be handled. You can decide who will be involved in these small tasks, and how you want everything to proceed.

Preplanning gives you peace of mind, but it is also a gift you give your family. When you make arrangements ahead of time, you alleviate the stress your family would face when making decisions at a difficult time. Rather than worrying about whether they’re making the choices you would have wanted, they can focus on what’s really important: mourning your loss, comforting each other, and beginning the healing process.

What’s more, when you preplan, you can save your family some money. Preplanning locks in today’s prices for a future need, which means your family doesn’t have to deal with inflation. If you’d like, you can take it one step further and prepay, giving them one less thing to think about when they’re already facing the loss of someone so important to them.

If you’re ready to preplan, we can help. The Catholic Cemeteries of the Diocese of San Jose is committed to providing a sacred place, where you and your family can remember loved ones in a peaceful and hope-filled setting. If you have questions, we’re happy to answer them. Call us at (833) 304-0763  for more information about preplanning, or request a preplanning guide through our website.


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