Preparation for death is an essential part of life for a Christian. Recognizing that the goal of our lives is eternal life with God, we prepare for that by prayer, reception of the sacraments, and care for those around us.
Your death marks the end of your stewardship on earth and is the beginning of your eternal life. Talking about death is never easy, but discussion and pre‑planning can eliminate stress and confusion and assist your grieving family and friends.
Consider this: There are at least 50 decisions that need to be made at the time of a death. Some of these decisions cannot be made in advance. But cemetery arrangements can be made in advance. By doing so, you alleviate the burden on your survivors at a very stressful time.