WHAT IS PRE-PLANNING?
Preplanning allows you to express your wishes and make sure your desires are carried out. Preplanning gives you the luxury of evaluating your options and prices, so you can think clearly and without a sense of urgency. While not necessary, preplanning also allows you to take care of financial arrangements if you prefer, so you can be assured that you can afford the service you desire without unduly burdening your family.
With preplanning, you can specify whether you prefer a burial or cremation, what type of service you'd like, and plan all the details of the service from the music and/or poems heard to the pall bearers of your choice. We encourage you to include your family when making these choices.
It is a good idea to make sure that your family has a copy of your preplanning arrangements. This can help avoid misinterpretations and misunderstandings of the instructions.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO PREPLAN YOUR FUNERAL?
The best time to begin making your prearrangements is now, while you're thinking about it. While some people in their 40's and 50's may think it's too early to preplan, people who do say that prearranging their funerals is smart financial planning and gives them added peace of mind knowing they aren't leaving this burden to family members. By taking time now to collect cost information and calmly making choices related to your own funeral arrangements, you'll be protecting your family against the stress of having to make these decisions at a time of extreme emotional stress. This way you can carefully choose specific items you want and need ... and pay for them now. Prepaid Investments through funeral homes allows families to fund their funerals in advance through different investment vehicles.
Today, more individuals and families are making the decision to prearrange their funerals than ever before. Because of the factors such as inflation, fewer extended family members living close by, and other changes in our society, planning your own funeral can make a lot of sense. People who preplan their funeral arrangements give their families the greatest gift of all - Peace of Mind. We strongly encourage you to take the time to plan the funeral service in advance, so that when the time comes your family can focus on supporting one another and not on arranging a funeral. In a recent survey, these were the most common reasons people gave for prearranging their own funerals: