There is no way to avoid the grief that comes with death, but there are ways to avoid the financial grief that death can bring with it. Most people are, of course, devastated to lose a loved one whether the death was expected or not, but finding out the shocking cost of burial or cremation is often enough to push them over the edge. For this reason, you may want to think about planning out your funeral before you pass to take the grief away from your family who should not have to focus on business during this time.
Many people think that it is morbid to plan their own funeral, but in reality it is simply practical and smart. After all, the one thing in life that is guaranteed is that sadly we will all die. Therefore, taking time to plan for it is not that absurd. People plan out their weeks and days every morning, so why not think about an event that will have a massive impact on your family. From the cost of memorial headstones to the costs of the undertakers to the cost of the coffin there are many things that need to be considered.
When you plan in advance you can get a grand total for what your funeral will cost and start saving up for those costs. Many people for instance buy a funeral plot and start making payments so that they own it by the time they die of old age. There are many different ways to approach paying for a funeral, and an undertaker can actually be a great help in this planning. They will be happy to meet with you to talk about what you should want when you eventually pass.
Keep in mind that planning a funeral is not only about cost. When a family is dealing with grief they will second guess every decision they make trying to plan a funeral that will make their loved one proud. Even though it seems unimportant, it is the only thing they have to focus on. Instead of forcing them into making these difficult decisions decide what you want now and write it out in a will or at the funeral home for your family. This way they know that they are honoring you exactly how you would have liked so there are no questions or second thoughts to deal with in the face of their grief.