Nobody wants to think about their eventual death, no matter how old or young they are. However, California residents may want to consider expressing their funeral wishes in their will planning, especially if they are specific or complicated. You may be reassured to learn that planning your funeral does not have to be time-consuming or overly complex.
The New York Times points out that while you may have specific wishes regarding your burial or funeral service, your loved ones might have no idea what you want unless you spell it out in your will. It is a good idea to express your wishes in a legal document as well, since a note can be lost or verbal instructions can be forgotten or ignored.
Why is it important to plan your funeral? You may wish to be cremated, rather than buried. Instead of a formal funeral at a church, you may want your loved ones to remember you during a casual memorial service at home. On the other hand, you may have specific religious beliefs that you would like honored, as well as a particular choice for the clothing and jewelry you want to be buried in. You may also want a favorite song played during your service and specific wording carved into your headstone.
Writing your funeral plans into your will can ensure that your final wishes are followed through. As with any form of estate planning, the information in this post is not meant to replace the advice of a lawyer.