Simpler Times Vancouver makes pre-planning cremation very easy. In fact, you can do everything you need to do right now, right here on our website. You can even pay for all selected cremation services ahead of time.
Make Your Intentions Known
Part of pre-planning cremation involves letting trusted relatives and friends know your final wishes. When you use the exclusive My Final Wishes Selector™, you can print off copies of your selections and provide to your family members. You are also able to submit your final wishes directly to us. It's a great idea to save your selections then login at some future date to make any necessary changes.
Whether you take advantage of our technology or not, it's imperative that you take the steps to ensure your final wishes are carried out by your survivors. Other reasons to write down the specifics are these:
If you do not record your wishes in a legal document, the law defaults to what your province defines as your next of kin to make these decisions for you.
If you do not leave binding written instructions, someone you haven’t chosen could make decisions that would be counter to your intentions and desires.
If you have questions about the legalities of pre-planning cremation, we invite you to speak with a member of our staff for clarification.
There are a few other things to consider when you're pre-planning cremation.
Would a Witness Cremation be Appropriate?
You may like your family to have an opportunity to witness your cremation. Having one last time with you can be a very special experience but it’s not an opportunity most people realize they even have. It really can be a profound way for them to say their goodbyes and begin the grief journey in earnest.
Do You Want a Remembrance Ceremony?
Take time to reflect on the way you would like your family and friends to pay tribute to your unique personality, your achievements, and the life you shared. Think about particular activities or how you would like them to engage. You can choose from numerous options that include special readings, musical selections, candle-lighting, and scripture quotations.
Consider Your Memorial
Making a decision about memorializing your life is a very personal process. The decision you make will reflect your life history, your lifestyle, your personality, and those little things that define you.
Your first decision will be the location for your memorial. Should it be inside your family's home or in your garden? Does it make more sense to pay tribute to your life with a donation to charity or through the purchase of a commemorative brick or flagstone for a local museum or park?
It's Time to Convey Your Wishes
While we know it’s difficult... no one wants to even think about that day, we also know that taking the preparatory steps now to prepare for your cremation services will give you a lighter heart and greater peace-of-mind.