Planning is something that we all do. We plan everyday activities as driving to work or going to church. We also plan the big events in our lives. We plan for our wedding, our children’s education, family vacations, and other significant life events. We also plan for the unexpected events of life by purchasing a home, auto, and medical insurance.
There is one event we do not want to think about or plan, our funeral. Yes, it is a difficult topic to think about, discuss and then plan. You are not alone; our dedicated, compassionate team is here to help you. The benefits of Pre-Planning now will help you know that your funeral matters are in order. We will have your records on file and help your family through their difficult time of mourning.
We understand your life is busy. Here are a few ways you can start the Pre-Planning process:
- We have an online secure Pre-Planning form. You will be able to enter your information at your own pace. Save what you have and come back when you have more details to enter.
- Another option is to call and arrange a consultation with us. We will walk you through the process one-on-one. Help answer any questions that you have. Some find it comforting to bring a family member or close friend to the consultation.
Call the location that is nearest to you today. We will set up a Pre-Planning appointment with you. Remember, we are here to help you with any questions during this process. Why Should I Plan Ahead?
You have made many personal decisions throughout your life. Pre-Planning allows you to make your last decision known to your family and friends. Your detailed choices will reflect your life. This is where you can share your favorite song, picture or memory. You will also provide the important information that will be needed. Yes, funeral arrangements are deeply personal. Pre-Planning will assure that your choices will be fulfilled.
Peace of Mind
Throughout your life you have cared for the needs of others. Through these acts, you were providing peace of mind. Pre-Planning is another way of continuing that care for yourself and for your family. Your loved ones will be relieved from the pressure of difficult decisions at a time of grief and emotional distress.
Many have undergone the emotional strain of arranging a funeral within hours of losing a loved one. Many people have chosen to pre-plan their own funeral.
Once you finalize your plan, we will provide you with the total cost. You have two options to proceed:
- You keep your information on file with our funeral director. You also can provide copies to your family. Now your family will know your wishes and the total cost of the plan at this time. But this does not protect you against escalating funeral costs.
- You keep your information on file with our funeral director. You also can provide copies to your family. Your family will know your wishes and that you have set aside funds for your plan. By locking in today’s funeral costs, you will ensure that the necessary funds are set-aside.
By using Pre-Planning, you have control on your funeral cost. You have relieved yourself from unnecessary worry now and in the future. You have helped your survivors by dealing with the escalating expense of a funeral. The Advantages of Planning Ahead
The idea behind planning ahead is simple. One day, a great deal of vital information about you or a loved one will be needed. Is all your information easy to find? Will your family know all the people you would want to be contacted? Does your family know your final funeral wishes? These are just a few of the questions your family will need before planning your funeral.
You and your family will benefit when funeral arrangements are made before your passing. Arrange a meeting with our funeral director and have a family member attend with you.
Including your immediate family in these plans, ensuring those left behind are aware of your wishes.
You are taking this step of planning your funeral to help your family. They will be comforted knowing your wishes are being honored. Pre-Planning will also help them begin their mourning process without some of the stress. Arrange and Delegate
Your family and friends are ready to help you. You only need to discuss and provide them with instructions. Let them know where they will find your important information.
Here are some important items to have:
- Designate a power of attorney to ensure that proper information can be accessed in the event of your illness or death. Make sure a durable power of attorney for health care and a living will are in place so that your wishes are carried out if you are unable to do so.
- Prepare a contact list of individuals who should be notified in a medical emergency or death.
- Give your Executor a copy of your Will. Remember that safety deposit boxes are often not opened until after the funeral. Any funeral planning documents therein would be of no help to your executor. Safety deposit boxes are usually opened during the estate settlement process.
- Make sure your representative has a list of important account information such as telephone numbers for retirement plans, insurance policies, investments, bank accounts, safe-deposit boxes, properties, mortuaries, and preferred law and accountant firms. Remind your personal representative that the Social Security Administration will need to be called. If you’re receiving benefits such as those from the Veteran’s Administration, they should be contacted as well.
- Consider your online accounts, email and photo service passwords, and online access to bank and other important accounts.
- Make arrangements for the cancellation of telephone and utility services, and newspaper and magazine deliveries.
- Make arrangements for pets to find a new home.