Funeral planning is a difficult process involving emotional stress, financial decision making, and uncertainty. Without some guidance, the options and information surrounding funerals and arrangement planning can seem overwhelming at an already complicated time.
Preplan your funeral.
Losing a loved one is hard enough. Add in the many logistical and financial decisions that come with arranging a funeral or memorial service, and it can feel overwhelmingly stressful. By planning yours in advance, you can remove these extra burdens from your loved ones during an already difficult time, and allow your family the space to remember, connect, and begin to heal. You also make sure your final wishes are carried out how you want—not decided through someone else’s best guesses.
By making your final arrangements ahead of time, you also save your family an added financial burden. Not only does it eliminate the difficult question of who will pay, preplanning locks in inflation-proof rates for years to come. We also offer flexible payment plans, making advanced planning a more convenient option.
How we work with you to preplan:
An Advanced planner will work with you to create a personalized checklist and help you communicate all of your wishes and preferences, such as:
Gathering personal information for your obituary
Choosing a charity to direct donations to, if desired
Making note of any special instructions for your services and final disposition
Choosing burial or cremation
Choosing the location and type of service
Deciding whether you’d like to have a viewing or visitation
Selecting music and hymns, if desired
Selecting a style for your stationery and memorial register book
Including any customs, traditions, or religious rites that are important to you and your family
Here are some guidelines to assist you in moving forward:
Many of these items can be arranged prior to death to lessen the stress for the family at a time when they are grieving loss.
You can choose and pre-arrange:
Information for an obituary
A funeral director
Burial or cremation
The casket or cremation container
A grave marker and inscriptions
The location for the service
Type of service (memorial, wake, military, Jewish ceremony, etc.)
Photos that will be displayed
Funeral music and songs
What the deceased will wear
Scripture to be read
Memorial register or memorial cards
Transportation and funeral cars
Who will perform the eulogy
Who will read the scripture
Other items cannot be pre-arranged, but must be taken care of following a loved one's death:
Ambulance transfer from place of death
Time and date for the service
Embalming and body preparation