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Plan Your Funeral as a Gift to the Kids

It may seem to be inviting bad luck to plan your funeral while you are still in decent health. But you will be doing your family a big favor if they can avoid the emotionally tough decisions immediately after you die.

No detail is too small. You can name preferences for a funeral home, eulogists, readings, individuals to invite to a service, and the location of a get-together for mourners. "When people are dealing with the loss of a family member, they are not thinking clearly. It's an amazing gift to let your family know what you want," says Abby Schneiderman, co-founder of New York City-based Everplans, an online platform for the storage of end-of-life information.

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