While no one likes to think about their own death, one of the facts of life is that everyone who is born will eventually pass on. If you’ve ever had to organize final services with funeral homes in Phoenix, AZ, you might wonder who would take charge of your services when that time comes. Here are a few options:

Your Spouse

If you are married, the person closest to you, or your ‘next of kin,’ would be your spouse. That person would likely be in charge of your final services, though they could enlist help from anyone they’d like. They are most likely to know you well and have the best guess as to what you would have wanted to have happen. Perhaps you’ve even had conversations with them about final services, so they know exactly what you want.

Your Children

If you have grown children and your spouse has already passed on or is unable to make plans, your children will likely take on the duties. They are your next of kin and it is their responsibility to make sure you are cared for. They will also want to try and make sure they do whatever you would have wanted and if there is more than one descendant, they can break the duties up among themselves.

Whoever You Designate

If you aren’t married or don’t have children, or simply want someone else in charge, you can state in your will who you want to plan and execute your final services. It could be a good friend, a cousin, or anyone else in your life who you trust with the job.


When you think through the options, all of these people would have to guess at what you want, and they would all be emotional when dealing with the services. Instead of leaving it up to them, you can relieve each of them of the burden by planning things out yourself. That way, you know you will get the services you want, and no one will have to guess at anything at all. It’s a relief to everyone involved. You can also choose to pay for the services in advance, if you wish, so you don’t leave a financial burden behind, either.

These are just a few of the people who might work with funeral homes in Phoenix, AZ in the future when you pass on and need final services. If you’d like to work on those services yourself now and get things lined up, the professionals at Thompson Funeral Chapel are here to help. You can call us at (623) 932-1780 and ask questions about the services we offer, or you can visit our facilities at 926 S Litchfield Rd Goodyear, AZ 85338 to talk to our funeral director in person. We’re happy to show you the packages and let you think them over as long as you’d like. We’re here to give information, not make any decisions for you.

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