Pre-Planning : A Story
Grandpa Roy's Simple Life
Grandpa Roy had always lived a simple kind of life. Born and raised on a farm, he wasn't one for expensive dinners, fancy vacations or pricey gifts. It was the little things that made him happy-like watching the sun set behind his corn field as he wrapped up his day's work or spending Sunday afternoon reading the paper in his rocking chair on the front porch.
Grandpa Roy knew that when his time came, he wanted his memorial service to be as simple as the life he lived. He wanted to be cremated, not buried. And he wanted his children to say a short prayer and just a few words as they sprinkled his ashes on his farm-and that was it. He didn't want his children spending a lot of money on an elaborate memorial service or extravagant casket. And he definitely didn't want to be buried in a cemetery away from his beloved farm.
However, Grandpa Roy knew that his children had the tendency to be somewhat quarrelsome. He knew if he simply told them about his wishes, that they would end up arguing over the details after he passed. When he expressed these concerns to his neighbor Pete, Pete suggested that Roy put his wishes in writing with a local funeral home.
So, Roy paid a visit to the funeral director at an affordable funeral home Pete recommended to him. When Roy explained his simple wishes, the funeral director gladly arranged the plan for him and safely filed it away. Roy told his children that when his time came, they should contact the funeral home and tell them to set his plan in motion.
Roy rested easy that night, knowing that his wishes would be granted when he passed. The peace of mind he received from his meeting with the funeral director was absolutely priceless to him.
A few years later, when Roy passed away, his children simply contacted the funeral home. The funeral directors initiated Roy's plan, and everything fell in place exactly as Roy had wished. Without a single argument, Roy's children sprinkled his ashes on his farm after he was cremated. They said a prayer followed by a few kind words about what a wonderful father Roy was, and that was it-a simple tribute for a simple man.