While almost nobody likes to think of death and dying, mounting research and personal experience tend to indicate that planning ahead for the inevitable can bring peace of mind, both for the person who dies or is dying and for the family of that person.
Planning and paying for a funeral can be stressful, especially if a person has never before had occasion to be involved with making final arrangements. Whether a death occurs suddenly and unexpectedly or following a long illness, family members may already be physically tired and/or emotionally distressed. Having some of the difficult decisions already accomplished can be a gift for family members.
To help address some of the questions that can arise in making funeral arrangements, Dr. Jason Troyer, a psychology professor at Maryville College, and Lynn Gibson, President of Smith Funeral and Cremation Service, will discuss the “Practical and Personal Benefits of Pre-planning One’s Funeral.”
The presentation will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, January 28, at the Blount County Public Library. The program is co-sponsored by the library and the Blount County Office on Aging.
The speakers will address common questions and misconceptions about pre-planning and the many options individuals have in arranging their own services. Furthermore, the speakers will examine how the planners and their loved ones can benefit psychologically as a result of being intentional about pre-planning.
Some of the questions that will be addressed include
- Do I have to pre-pay when I pre-plan my funeral?
- Is my plan and/or payment transferable to another funeral home?
- What questions should I ask when pre-planning my funeral?
- How can I make choices that will help my family with their grief?
- Why do we need funerals anyway?
Free and open to the public, the program is hosted by the Blount County Public Library, located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville. For further information about library programs or services, call the library at 982-0981 or visit the Web site at www.blounttn.org/197.