Why Plan Ahead

Why Plan Ahead

There’s a lot that goes into planning a funeral, but making those arrangements beforehand gives you time to consider all of your options and make sure that you’re covering all of the necessary details. Still feeling unsure? Here are some of the most important reasons why planning ahead may be the best option.

It's Easy

You can fill out a form online or meet with a member of our staff to put your plan in place. Anyone can create a plan, at any stage in their life, and you always can make changes if you wish.

We believe that every person should be ready to write down their wishes. Once those decisions have been made, we will provide you with as many hard copies of your choices as you need in order to give them to the important people in your life.

It is important to know that it does not cost anything to sit down with one of our staff members to pre-plan and put your wishes on file. If you choose to pre-fund at some point, that decision will come from you and only you. We never pressure anyone to set aside funds for their funeral because we believe that decision must be made from your end.

Our goal is to make this an easy and pressure free meeting to encourage more people to make their funeral arrangements. We never want anyone to worry about their loved one meeting with us and being taken advantage of. It is our strong belief that every person should be ready to pre-plan their funerals, but not every person is ready to pre-fund their funerals.



You Decide

Pre-planning lets you create your own unique life celebration. Including your family in the planning process can help them feel connected to you both in life and in death, knowing that your arrangements reflect your desires.

Even if you do not know all the answers to the choices, you can give your family peace of mind by writing down you have no preference. If you do not have a strong preference, it gives them permission to make those decisions guilt free.

One trend we are seeing now is that people are writing down what they do NOT want during their funeral. We have seen wishes such as "Do not put gladiolas in my flower arrangements." or "Do not let my cousin Larry give a eulogy." Sometimes writing down what you do not want can be helpful.



Relieve Your Family’s Burden

Pre-planning relieves your family of that burden and gives them more time and energy to focus on healing and remembrance. If a grieving family comes to us and we can tell them almost every detail has already been answered, it gives them the opportunity to focus on their loss. They can use their time sharing memories, looking through pictures, and consoling other loved ones. 

Many family disputes arise because they disagree on what someone wanted for their funeral. There is a lot of he said, she said that can happen and feelings often are hurt. Writing down your wishes can help alleviate some of these disputes to make your decisions very clear.



You Can Prepay

Pre-payment generally means that you save money by being protected from inflation and price changes. We deposit all pre-payments into a third party life insurance policy where it remains until needed. Pre-paying also provides peace of mind for your family, who won’t have to figure out your funeral expenses when the time comes. We have an online pre-payment option for those who are unable to meet with our staff in person.



What If I Move?

We keep a record of your pre-planned arrangements and any pre-payments, and they’re easily transferable to any funeral home in the United States. If you choose to move your arrangements, simply call one of our staff members and we will get all hard copies to you or the new firm.



Where Do I Start?

First, check out our pre-planning checklist to help you consider all your possibilities. Then you can pre-plan online using our form to create your personalized arrangements, you can use our pre-fund online tool to choose merchandise, or you can schedule a time to meet with our staff to discuss your options and make a plan. 

 

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