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Funeral Planning Can Ease Stress

February 23, 2012
By SHELLEY HANSON - Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

It's not an easy subject, but seniors and adults in general may want to start talking about their funeral plans today.

Cathy Danehart, director of Advance Funeral Planning for Kepner Funeral Homes in Wheeling, said some seniors choose to plan their own funerals so their families won't have to.

"Seniors preplan and prepay for their funerals for a variety of reasons, such as for estate planning or for Medicaid purposes, but I have to say the reason I hear most often is to relieve their survivors from the many details and decisions associated with arranging a funeral," Danehart said.

"Death can be a very stressful time. Not only is there grieving, but often traveling, legal issues and the many decisions that must be made in a short period of time.

"If they choose to prepay for their funeral selections, then the financial considerations have been addressed as well."

Planning ahead can ease emotional and financial stress, Danehart noted.

Fact Box

Q: Is it important to plan for your funeral?

A: Yes, as it alleviates grieving family members from having to go through the process and also ensures that a person's preferences or wishes are followed.

"And it also provides you with the time needed to make practical and detailed decisions that reflect your preferences," she said.

"It puts you in control and ensures your wishes will be known, and it spares your loved ones the anxiety of making critical decisions at a time when they are least prepared.

"But, most importantly, is the peace of mind in knowing that when the time does come, you have eliminated the emotional and financial burden that occurs when arrangements have not been made in advance."

Any local funeral home can assist with funeral planning.

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