During our lives we plan for many situations: education, having a family, vacations, weddings, and especially our retirement. However, many neglect to plan their funeral as it is a realization of our own mortality. We purchase insurance to help us in situations that may happen, such as accidents, earthquakes, fire, floods, and theft. We should also consider the pre-planning of our funeral service as it not only lets our survivors know what our wishes are, but it will also help our families through their time of bereavement resulting from our death.
What are the benefits of pre-planning?
- You are able to make rational and logical decisions
- Save your family the burden of having to make them under times of grief and stress
- The assurance that your wishes are known and will be carried out as specified and obtain piece of mind
- You have the opportunity to discuss options with our funeral professional and also with your family, church, friends, etc.
- It will not be a financial burden on your family.
You can select the services and merchandise according to your wishes, spiritual beliefs as well as for your financial means, either by pre-paying for the services or having the monies set aside.
What is involved in making pre-arrangements?
- Recording personal information that is required for Vital Statistics
- This consists of full name, address, spouse’s name, occupation, birth date, birthplace, parents’ names and their birthplaces, and your next of kin or executor
- Making service choices
- Funeral or memorial service, burial, cremation, entombment, or transfer to another city, music selections, participants (family and/or friends) to create a meaningful service
- Making specific selections
- The selection of a casket or cremation container, an urn, a burial or urn vault, and a monument or memorial marker
- Arranging a payment plan
- The services do not have to be prepaid, but the costs will be guaranteed not to increase if payment is made at one time or monthly payments through insurance (ie. Familyside).