We understand that facing the loss of a loved one or being diagnosed with a terminal illness is very emotional and mentally exhausting. Many of our member firms offer extensive preneed programs that allow familes to make prearrangements for their loved ones. Whether it be funded or non-funded, we would recommend that before an emotional situation arises, you take time to talk to your loved ones about your wishes.
You and your family are currently experiencing a difficult period in your lives. Someone you love and is very much a part of your life is facing a terminal illness or aging. A terminal illness or the aging process has robbed your loved one of the ability to care for himself or herself, to make his or her own decisions, to handle life’s daily decisions. You may have assumed the responsibility for the personal care and the business affairs of your family member or friend. We know that this is a trying time for you and that you are having to make decisions that you never thought you would have to make. Your roles have been reversed. You and your family have always counted upon your family member to be there as the warm, cheerful, supportive pillar of the family. Now, they are more dependent on you, and are less aware of what is happening around them.
You and your family are giving much thought and discussion to arranging for personal care for your family member. You are educating yourself of the many options such as home care, nursing homes, hospices, private care facilities. You are making arrangements to get Mom’s or Dad’s or a friend’s personal business matters in order. It’s hard to remember every detail. It’s emotionally painful.
As difficult as these routine matters are, one needs to also talk about another difficult decision—funeral arrangements or as our National Funeral Directors Association refers to it as—The Talk of a Lifetime. Everyone knows funeral arrangements are necessary. Everyone in the family wants to provide for a proper funeral. The funeral service will be part of the healing process, part of the remembering process, and a very important part in saying good-bye to your loved one. It is the early stages of recovering from grief and we want you to consider visiting our member firms and making these arrangements.