A Funeral Planning Declaration is a legally binding document that allows a person to direct how their body is to be disposed of at the time of their death and what services are to be held. It is provided for by Indiana law. It is not something that every person will need. A funeral declaration is best for someone who fits any of the following criteria:
- Do not have any immediate family to carry out funeral planning and disposition arrangements.
- Have a blended family where conflict may occur upon their death.
- Have strong feelings as to what should happen upon their death.
- Have wishes that are likely to be objected to by their family because those wishes break from family or religious tradition.
- Anticipate conflict between close family members as to funeral services or body disposition.