GoFundMe for Funeral Expenses

By: William Spence
Thursday, January 5, 2023

An unexpected loss can be devastating—not only emotionally, but also financially. Many people turn to GoFundMe and other platforms to raise money for funeral costs because they feel stuck. But using GoFundMe to pay for a funeral may be more stressful than it’s worth. Let’s take a look at a few reasons why.

Using GoFundMe to raise money can be slow. Funerals and memorial services are often time-sensitive occasions, which means families often need funds urgently. Although fundraising platforms can be great for more long-term expenses, it can take months of intensive fundraising to have enough to cover a funeral. Certain faith traditions require followers to say their final goodbyes as soon as possible, often within the first 24 hours of death. This can create even more pressure for families trying to find the best way to pay for memorial expenses.

The outcome is unpredictable. Even with all the time in the world, there’s no guarantee that you’ll raise the money you need. When all is said and done, you may still need to sacrifice the wishes of your loved one because they’re simply too costly. Fundraising sites like GoFundMe don’t offer any requirements or terms and conditions to ensure a successful outcome. Therefore, the entire process can keep families in a state of anxious anticipation on top of their grief.

Being proactive is always better than being reactive.  Talking with a licensed funeral director about affordable options and prefunded arrangements is a responsible decision.  Not only does this ensure your wishes are fulfilled, it takes the financial burden off your loved ones.                       -adapted from LendingUSA

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