How to Speak With Your Parents About Their Final Wishes

Posted on May 3, 2021 by McCaleb Funeral Home under Funeral Home
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In a perfect world, your parents would come to you and tell you what their final wishes are without you having to ask them. They would also take the time to pre-plan their own funeral services at a funeral home in McAllen, TX. But of course, this isn’t always how things play out. Many people’s parents will keep their final wishes to themselves and never tell their families about them. To prevent this from happening, you should sit down with your parents and ask them to share their final wishes with you. Here’s how to go about doing it.

Let your parents know that you would like to speak with them about something serious.

You shouldn’t randomly bring up your parents’ final wishes out of the blue without preparing them for it at all. Instead, you should tell them that you would like to talk to them about something serious and then set aside some time to do it. This will get you and your parents into the right frame of mind prior to you all talking about their final wishes. They won’t be caught as off-guard when you prep them in advance for your talk with them.

Invite your siblings and/or other family members to take part in your meeting with your parents.

Ideally, you don’t want to sit with your parents and discuss their final wishes on your own. You also want to invite your siblings to take part in the conversation. You might also want to get some other close family members into the mix as well. You want to make it clear that you’re not trying to bombard your parents in order to get them to talk about a tough topic. But you should make discussing your parents’ final wishes a family affair to some degree.

Be as careful as you can be when bringing up the topic of your parents’ final wishes.

When you first bring up the topic of your parents’ final wishes, you should be very careful about how you do it. You should tell your parents that you only want what’s best for them and that, while you don’t anticipate having to plan their McAllen, TX funeral services anytime soon, you want to be ready when that day comes. They should understand why you’re asking them about their final wishes and feel comfortable talking to you about them.

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Encourage your parents to pre-plan their funeral services with your help.

If your parents seem like they would be on board with the idea of setting their final wishes in stone, you should mention that they have the ability to pre-plan funeral services for themselves if they want. You should let them know that you would be more than happy to help them with doing if they’re interested in going in that direction. With any luck, they’ll love the idea of doing it and will want to take a trip to a local funeral home with you to get the job done.

Are you struggling to find the right words to say to your parents when it comes to their final wishes? McCaleb Funeral Home can speak with you about how to do it. We can also help you and your parents make McAllen, TX funeral arrangements so that you’re all on the same page. Call us today for more information about pre-planning funeral services.