An increasing number of people are planning their own funerals, designating their funeral preferences, and sometimes paying for them in advance. They see funeral planning as an extension of will and estate planning.
Thinking ahead can help you make informed and thoughtful decisions about funeral arrangements. It allows you to choose the specific items you want and need, and compare the prices offered by several funeral providers. It also spares your survivors the stress of making these decisions under the pressure of time and strong emotions. You can make arrangements directly with my funeral chapel staff.
An important consideration when planning a funeral pre-need is where the remains will be buried, entombed, or scattered. In the short time between the death and burial of a loved one, many family members find themselves rushing to buy a cemetery plot or grave — often without careful thought or a personal visit to the site. That's why it's in the family's best interest to buy cemetery plots before you need them..
Put your preferences in writing, give copies to family members and your attorney, and keep a copy in a handy place. Don't designate your preferences in your will, because a will often is not found or read until after the funeral. And avoid putting the only copy of your preferences in a safe deposit box. That's because your family may have to make arrangements on a weekend or holiday, before the box can be opened.
When you are ready to meet with me to dicuss your plans, feel free to bring the Pre-Planning Form with you, or review the options and I will be happy to discuss them with you.
You do not have to Pre-Pay in order to Pre-Plan. You can pre-plan your final arrangements at any time without paying for any of the service. Your estate or family can pay at the time your funeral is held at the current rates. If you choose to pre-pay you protect your family and your estate from inflation and your money will be placed in a state-approved trust account until required.