Advance Planning

Advance Planning


When parents await the birth of a child, they create a birth plan. They choose where they would like to give birth, they set guidelines as to which procedures they would like to have followed, and where they want to spend those first few precious days as they adjust to life with their newborn.

In the same way, we can create a death plan. By completing Advance Heath-Care and  Death-Care Directives we can assign advocates to speak for us when we can no longer make decisions for ourselves. We can outline our wishes regarding when to let go of life support and accept death support; the after-death care of our body and the elements we wish to include in our funeral and final disposition.

By writing our wishes down and talking about them with family and friends we can relieve our loved-ones of having to make these difficult decisions for us.

Sacred Crossing Guides are trained to assist you in all aspects of advance planning. A private consultation in your home will provide you and your family all the information you need to understand your choices and complete your documents so that you can relax and let go peacefully when the time comes.


Some of the many questions that can be answered in your Death Care Directive include:

  • Would you like to be buried, cremated or interred in a crypt?
  • How would you like your body cared for between death and disposition?
  • What clothing would you like to wear?
  • Would you like a decorated cremation casket? Pine box? traditional coffin? Shroud?
  • Would you like the casket be open or closed at your funeral service?
  • Would you like a traditional funeral or a family-directed funeral at home?
  • How would you like to be remembered in your eulogy?
  • What about…Autopsy? Burial plot? Minister? Music?

Purchase your Advance Death Care Directive today!


For a private consultation with a Sacred Crossing Guide, please call: 310-968-2763


“Our family sat down and filled out our Death Care Directives together. The simple format made it easy to talk about the end-of-life issues that most of us had kept putting off dealing with. We got to know each other better in the process and even had some laughs. It feels good to have my wishes clearly in writing, and I’m happy to have that from my other family members as well.”                           ~ Dahra P., Portland, OR