Thinking about your funeral may not be fun, but planning your funeral or your memorial service in advance can be exceedingly helpful for your family. It both lets them know your wishes and assists them during a stressful time. The following are steps you can take to plan ahead. Name who is in charge of planning your funeral. The first step is to designate someone to make funeral arrangements for you. State law dictates how that appointment is made. In some states, an informal note is enough. Other states require you to designate someone in a formal document, such as a health care power of attorney. If you do not designate someone, your spouse or children are usually given the task. In Florida, McCreary Law Office uses a Designation and Authorization for Distribution of Remains that follows the Florida statute related to who has that authority to make decisions. Often, aRead more
The Chicago Tribune carried a great piece in December 2015 about the ability to choose national parks as a final resting place. Many parks allow the scattering of cremation remains, but each park’s rules are different. The National Park Service has a list of the offices that manage each park, and you can find out more about each park’s rules by contacting its office. (The Bureau of Land Management also has a list of frequently-asked questions about scattering ashes on its site, linked above.) Talking to your family about your preferences regarding burial or cremation is important. If you choose cremation, it can also help to talk to family about what to do with your ashes afterwards.