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Funeral planning is part of creating an estate plan

As you create an estate plan, it's only natural to spend most your time deciding who will receive what after you pass on. While this is important, there is something else to think about: your funeral.

When you take on the funeral planning process, it's much easier to rest easy at night. The last thing you want to do is put your loved ones in a position where they have to deal with all these details in short order upon your passing.

Some of the many things to think about when funeral planning include:

-- Do you want to be buried or cremated?

-- Are you okay with the idea of prepaying for funeral expenses before you pass on?

-- Do you have a preferred funeral home?

-- Know who you want to be in charge of making final arrangements.

-- Think about the many options you have when planning a funeral.

There is no denying the fact that funeral planning can be extremely difficult. This holds true no matter if you are planning your own funeral or doing so after somebody in your life passes on.

No matter how many challenges this brings your way, it is something you want to think about when creating an estate plan. The more time you spend on this the better you will feel.

Your estate plan is meant to give you peace of mind, while also ensuring that your loved ones are faced with even more challenges once you are gone. Don't wait to create a funeral plan that you are comfortable with.

Source: NBC News, "5 consumer tips for planning a funeral," accessed June 14, 2016

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