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Planning Ahead

….Making Preplanned or Prepaid Arrangements

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, 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.

Peace of mind is really what planning is all about. It's knowing that both the financial and emotional needs of those close to you will be met once you are gone.

When you are making your plans for funeral arrangements, consider the feelings and needs of your family members. Imposing certain restrictions in your pre-arrangements, could cause hardship on the survivors.

What is a Pre-Arrangement? We will record your wishes by collecting your personal information, your choices, and selections and keeping them on file in our facility until the time of death. Having your requests and information recorded ahead of time relieves the burden from your family.

What is a Pre-Paid Pre-Arrangement? After recording your information, you may wish to pre-pay for your services, which will guarantee the costs of your services against inflation. This also removes the burden from your family and you will have the piece of mind ahead of time knowing your arrangements were taken care of, for those you love at today's prices - not tomorrow's.

What are the benefits of pre-planning?

  • You are able to make rational and logical decisions.
    Saving 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, parent's names and their birthplaces and your next of kin or executor.
  • Making service choices.
    Funeral or memorial service, burial, cremation or transfer to another city, music selections, personalized service folder, video presentation, 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 by monthly payments.

"It is a good idea to leave your requests flexible enough to allow survivors to make appropriate arrangements for the fulfillment of their emotional needs."

If you have questions, don't hesitate to contact us. We're always here for you.
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