Good Reasons to Preplan
Let Your Wishes Be Known
While you may have put directives in your will or a safe deposit box, often these are not opened or read until after a funeral. By preplanning your funeral you can ensure that your wishes are known at the time when they are most needed.
There are many dignified, touching forms of commemoration for funerals today. You can consider these in an unhurried, relaxed setting at your own pace. And you can choose an Authorizing Agent (a person appointed by an individual to carry out their wishes at the time of their death) by filling out an official state form. A copy of those wishes is kept at the funeral home to make sure they are available when needed and updated continuously if necessary.
Give Your Family the Gift of Time
There are 100 detailed decisions to be made, and the best time for your family to make them is when they are not grief-ridden or rushed. By preplanning your funeral you can eliminate the need for your family to debate, discuss and guess your wishes. You can also protect them from the stress of having to hunt for important information and documents. With one phone call they will have the answers they need. This allows your family the ability to visit and celebrate the life you lived.
Preplanning allows you to think through which of the many financial options are best for you to create the meaningful tribute that will assist your loved ones to say goodbye.
You may choose to have your funeral home services and merchandise guaranteed with a prefunded funeral contract. That may eliminate any additional costs for your family at the time of the funeral. A written contract removes the possibility that grieving or guilt-stricken family members will feel the need to overspend. And your contract is portable—should you move, the plan and funds are yours to use at whichever funeral home you desire. A prefunded funeral can also provide security for your hard earned money if applying for Medicaid.
Regardless of whether you decide to prefund your funeral, we will keep a detailed list of all your wishes on file at no cost.