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While most people do not like to think about their own death, funeral preparations can cause a lot of stress to your already grieving family after you have passed away. Pre-planning your funeral will not only take the logistical and financial burden off of your family, but it will also ensure that you get the kind of funeral you want. Whether you know exactly what you want or only have a few aspects in mind, pre-planning can help make the process much smoother for everyone.

The Biggest Funeral Decision to Make

The biggest decision you will have to make about your funeral is what to do with your body after you have passed on. Choose between burial, cremation, and donation. No matter which you choose, be sure that you pick the option that you feel most comfortable with. This is no one’s decision but your own.

If you choose an in-ground burial, you will need to choose a burial plot. If you choose an above ground burial, you will need to choose a spot in a mausoleum. If you choose to be cremated, you will need to decide if you would like your ashes to be buried, scattered, or given to family members.

How to Choose a Cemetery

There are many factors to consider when preplanning your cemetery arrangements. Aspects like location, religion, vacancy and environment all play into your decision. Are you planning for just yourself, or would you like to purchase multiple plots or mausoleum spaces so your family can rest together? If you have your family in mind, a private estate lot may be the best option for you.

No matter how you will be laid to rest, you should visit the cemetery location to ensure this is the perfect place for you and your family. During your visit, be sure to check if the grounds are well maintained, visit the plot you are purchasing to see if is what you had in mind, as well as ask any questions you may have before signing the paperwork.

Different Cremation and Burial Products

With so many different options to choose from, picking a burial product may be confusing. Learn about the most common types below.

· Casket

Caskets are most commonly used for burials in the United States. Coming in a variety of styles and prices, it often contains a split-lid for potential viewing purposes.

· Burial Vaults and Grave Liners

Also known as burial containers, this product is commonly used in more traditional, full-service funerals. The purpose is to prevent the ground from caving in as the casket deteriorates over time.

· Urn

Used for cremation, this vase like product comes in a wide variety of styles and prices. Purchasing your cremation urn pre-need is a wise decision, because you can pick out the exact one you like, while avoiding expensive next day shipping costs.

· Cremation Casket

If you plan on being cremated after your funeral, you will need a casket for the ceremony that is then used for cremation. If you plan on purchasing a cremation casket, know that the casket cannot have any metal parts.

Choosing Your Funeral Service

Between funerals, graveside services, wakes, viewings and visitations, there are many options for your memorial. When choosing what events you would like to be held both before and after the service, be sure to choose your location, pallbearers, and readings that you would like to have recited at your service.

Cemeteries in New Jersey

No matter where you would like to be buried in NJ, Memorial Properties can ensure a beautiful and well-kept resting place. We have many cemeteries across New Jersey that all offer unique options to ensure your life will be celebrated properly. For more information on our pre-planning services and pricing, please contact us today.