When a loved one dies, family members are faced with nearly 90 decisions that must be made within hours ... during a very difficult, emotional time.
Arranging your services in advance creates a record of your wishes, providing you and your loved ones with peace of mind. Use our online pre-planning form to get started now.
Advance planning is a way of life for most of us. We plan our families and prepare for births months in advance, we plan ahead for college, we plan for retirement, but rarely do we plan for death.
Many individuals and families are planning ahead for future funeral and cremation needs. When you take this step, you can choose the services and products you desire - and can afford - now, when decisions can be made calmly and rationally.
We recommend you approach your final arrangement planning using four easy steps.
While many of us ask big questions about what happens when we die, we often forget to ask questions what will capture the way we lived and help our friends and family celebrate our life and honor our memory.
Take time to think about the type of funeral and cemetery services you would want to celebrate or otherwise memorialize your life. Consider the tone and atmosphere of the services. Are they somber? Traditional? Celebratory? Will they reflect your unique interests and personality? What will the experience be like for the guests in attendance? Answering these questions will help you begin to make the funeral and cemetery selections that are right for you.
Once you’ve reflected on and determined your wishes for your final arrangements, recording your wishes is the best way to ensure they will be carried out. Put it in writing, in detail, and provide copies to your loved ones. Whether stored on paper or electronically, your recorded wishes will allow your family to act on your behalf. And, just as you keep your will and financial documents updated, you should review and update your funeral and cemetery plans when necessary.
After you’ve recorded your funeral and cemetery plans, it’s important to share them with loved ones so they’ll be able to carry out your wishes. Provide the appropriate family members with a printed copy of your plans and update them if you change your plans.
Keep your funeral plans safe but accessible. It’s a common mistake to store them in a safe deposit box. At the time of your death, a safe deposit box only in your name may not be accessible to others until the legal matters of your estate have been settled. This process may not be resolved until after your final arrangements are carried out.
Finally, support your plans with funding if you choose. By relieving your family of the need to pay for your funeral or cemetery services at the time of your death, you may prevent additional stress for them at an already difficult time. Funding your plans also provides protection against inflation. By locking in today’s prices, your loved ones will not have to pay more for your selected merchandise and services at the time of your death.
No matter what your wishes are for your funeral and cemetery plans, recording them and sharing them with your loved ones will help ensure that your final arrangements will be what you want, while easing the burden on your family and friends.
Preplanning your funeral or cemetery arrangements gives you and your loved ones peace of mind. Don’t wait. Make your plan online today.