The way that movies and television shows portray the reading of a deceased person’s will, it often seems as though it is one of the first things that occurs when that person breathes their last breath. In reality, the reading of a will is often not done until some time after its creator passes away, sometimes for a week or more.
For this very practical reason, it is important to make sure that your wishes for your funeral are not solely established in your will. If you do not clearly outline your wishes for your funeral elsewhere and make sure that the proper people know about them, then your wishes may lay unread until after your funeral is already over.
A simple way to remedy this is to write out your wishes in their own document and give this document to the person responsible for handling your affairs when you pass, such as the executor of your estate. If you do not have an estate executor, then you may need to consider how else you can protect your estate and make your wishes for your property known.
It is easy to put off dealing with something as off-putting as your own funeral arrangements. However, taking time to clearly establish your wishes for how you want your life recognized by those around you is an important service to the ones you love. Be sure that you take time to make these wishes clear to the ones you love, giving them one less thing to worry about when the time comes for them to say goodbye to you and honor your life as you want them to.