Why You Should Plan Your Funeral Now

Callaghan Mortuary & Livermore Crematory Helps Make Funeral Arrangements Easier

Planning your own funeral or memorial service is scary and overwhelming. For many people, it produces a wide range of emotions, from fear to sorrow. No one wants to think about passing on — yet, that day will come for all of us. When it does, our loved ones must pick up the pieces and carry on with life. Planning your own funeral or memorial service can take some of the burdens from your family in their time of grief. It can also ensure that your loved ones honor your wishes and life in the way that is best for you. At Callaghan Mortuary & Livermore Crematory, we can help make end-of-life planning a little easier. Our trained and professional staff can help answer your questions and provide you with the peace of mind you need.

Reasons Why You Should Plan Your Funeral Ahead of Time

Peace of Mind

Many who have undergone the emotional strain of arranging a funeral within hours of losing a loved one have made the choice to preplan their own funeral. Preplanning a funeral lifts the burden from their loved ones by relieving decision-making pressure at a time of grief and emotional stress. It is a chance for you to sit down and discuss exactly what you want while you are still capable of doing so.

Personal Choice

Funeral arrangements are a deeply personal choice. Preplanning provides you with the time you need to make practical, detailed decisions. These decisions should reflect your standards, lifestyle, taste, and budget. We assure you and your family that we will carry out the choices you make as you planned. By preplanning your services, you are in control of what you want.

Lower Costs

When you finalize your plan, we can advise you of the total cost. You do not have to pre-pay or pre-finance your plan. However, doing so protects you against escalating funeral prices. By locking in today’s funeral costs and ensuring that the necessary funds are set aside, you then relieve yourself of unnecessary future worry and your survivors of an unexpected expense. Remember, funeral services today may not cost the same as they did yesterday — consider locking in better pricing.

How Can Our Family-Owned Mortuary Help You Today?

No one wants to think about their funeral or memorial service. Yet, planning for the inevitable can give you some peace of mind now. At Callaghan Mortuary & Livermore Crematory, we can make your funeral arrangements easier. Whether you want a traditional service or a memorial service, our family-owned funeral home can help you make end-of-life decisions now, so your loved ones do not have to.

Call (925) 492-7500 or fill out our confidential contact page for more information. We know these are tough decisions, and we can help make those decisions easier. Call us today to get started.

We’re Here to Help with Preplanning a Funeral

If you need help with how to start creating a plan, please contact us, and we can walk you through our recommendations. There is no obligation to commit to anything. We are here just to help answer your questions and get you started. We know that there is a lot to think about, and we give you the time to do so.

Call (925) 492-7500 to speak with our team.

Planning your own funeral or memorial service is more detailed than simply picking out a burial site. It involves planning for your last days, as well as what will happen to your estate when you are gone. Funeral arrangements are easiest when people take the time to make preparations themselves before it is too late.

When planning your own funeral, take the following steps:

Step 1: Documents

It is important to have an estate plan or will and testament. You can meet with an attorney to address your estate needs. Planning for your passing involves making sure you have made a plan for your estate and beneficiaries. A good estate plan should include a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care as well. This document allows a named individual to make medical decisions for you in case you become incapacitated. In this document, you can clearly state who is best to make funeral arrangements for you once you are gone. This is an important feature many overlook. It is important to keep these documents somewhere safe. It is also important to let trusted and designated individuals know their responsibilities, as well as where to find these important documents. You must sign and notarize all documents to make them legally binding.

Step 2: Consider Funeral Options

It is best to make important funeral decisions now while you are still alive. This eases the burden on grieving family members when you are gone. One of those decisions is what happens to your body once you are gone. You have three major choices: Burial, cremation, or donation. Be sure you know what option is best for you and your loved ones.

While burial is the most traditional, it is also the most expensive option. If you choose burial, be aware that you must also purchase a plot, a liner, and a burial casket.

Cremation is becoming an increasingly popular funeral option. It is far less expensive than burial, and your family can keep your remains or scatter your ashes in a private ceremony. Even when choosing cremation, families can still opt for a viewing of the body during a wake or ceremony.

You may decide to have your body donated to science for the purposes of advancing humankind. You can choose to donate your body to a medical school or to a specific cause, such as Alzheimer’s research.

Step #3: Convey Your Wishes

After you have made funeral arrangements, it is important to convey these wishes to your family members. Let them know what you have decided and how you wish for them to proceed after your passing. Letting family members know your funeral arrangements will help ease their minds and give them peace knowing what is to come. These conversations are challenging for many individuals and family members. If you think it is too difficult to have this conversation, speak to a professional at Callaghan Mortuary & Livermore Crematory today. We can help you plan for this conversation and give you the help you need to move forward.

What Sets Us Apart?

The Callaghan Mortuary & Livermore Crematory Difference
  • A History of Handling All the Details

    With an easy location to find, plenty of parking, an onsite crematory, a newly renovated reception hall, and the ability to handle all funeral arrangements online, our team prides itself on making this difficult situation as smooth as possible.

  • A History of Honoring Your Traditions

    We comply with all California and federal regulations while still appreciating your traditions and values, yet we still pride ourselves on innovation. We go the extra mile to ensure your values and traditions are kept.

  • A History Of Honoring Your Loved Ones

    Established in 1906, our mortuary has been family-owned and operated for the past 113 years. We are a full-service funeral home dedicated to honoring your loved ones as if they were our own.

    I want to thank you and your whole team for helping my family during the most difficult time in our lives. I will always be thankful for your help.

    - Tammy D.

    It was a pleasure to have served with you in meeting the needs of the Sturgill family. It certainly made a very difficult day for the family, the friends — and yes, me — less stressful and provided an environment where healing could begin.

    - Paul W.

    I wanted to thank you for being such a wonderful person. Thank you for making this experience of my grandma passing a pleasant and a cheek hurting one with all the laughs.

    - Michelle G.

    Thank you so much for your kindness and for being so patient with us. Mom's celebration of life was wonderfully surrounded by love.

    - Robert and Cheryl

    Debbie and her team took care of us like family! And her attention to detail gave such a personal touch to honoring our mother! She and her team will forever be in our hearts.

    - Brenda R.

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