Pre-planning is a way for you to decide what final arrangements would work best for you and your family. Whether it is a traditional funeral service, with visitation and burial, or a more contemporary service with cremation or even no service at all. Preplanning is a way to learn the options that are available.
The first step in preplanning your final arrangements is to gather information. This step is as simple as writing down biographical information about you. This information is not only about you and your family, but other things that you want people to know, where you have worked, hobbies, clubs or organizations you belong to and any special interests you have. This information will be used to help make any service more meaningful. You can use our simple fill-in-the-blank Biographical Form to start your pre-arrangements.
Next, you will want to talk with your funeral director and obtain information that will help you make an informed decision on the kind of final arrangements that best meet your needs. You will be able to select the service you want, the type of casket or urn, or whether you want burial or cremation. Also, your funeral director can give you a summary of the costs, and make suggestions, to keep selections within your budget. The funeral home will keep a record of your selections and service preference until the time of need arises.
The last step would be funding you arrangements. There are many advantages to prepaying for the arrangements. The biggest advantage would be that the funeral home is able to guarantee the expenses of the funeral home against the rising costs due to inflation. Another major advantage is that it would relieve your family from financial responsibility for your final arrangements.
These three simple steps are a great way to relive some of the stress and burdens for your family that take place at the time of need. You can complete the steps all at the same time or individually as you feel comfortable.
Just start by filling out our Biographical Form and keep it for your family or send it to us safe keeping. Then when you are ready, just give us a call to set up an appointment so that we can assist you with the next step.