Prearranging a funeral for yourself or someone else may seem like a daunting task, however many people tell us after doing so they feel relieved and it wasn’t as difficult as they thought.
During the prearrangement, we gather biographical information which is used to compose an obituary, file the necessary paperwork and to help carry out the kind of service that meet your wishes. Several reasons to prearrange are peace of mind, unique personal concerns, Medicaid and financial considerations, and not burdening others with decision making.
If you decide to prepay for your funeral expenses we will be happy to setup a trust account for you. In New York State all pre-funded funeral arrangements must be trusted using a FDIC insured or U.S. Government backed securities. This is the safest and most secure method of pre-funding funeral arrangements.
Many people plan for life events such as weddings and vacations well in advance, but many people do not plan for something that is certain to happen, their funeral. While most people do not want to think about their own mortality, the time to pre-plan your funeral is now. The primary advantages of pre-arranging your funeral is to relieve the burden on your loved ones in an already emotional time, and to ensure your funeral is carried out according to your wishes, eliminating the task of second-guessing what you would have wanted. Taking the time now to arrange your funeral is one less thing your loved ones will need to worry about once you’ve passed. Pre-planning and pre-paying your funeral is one of the most thoughtful gifts you can give to your family.
Pre-paying your funeral reduces stress and financial burden on your loved ones after your passing. We can co-ordinate a payment plans that suits your needs, from a single payment plan to monthly bank account withdrawals. By pre-paying your funeral you eliminate your family second guessing on if they have spent too much or too little on your funeral. Pre-payment also protects you and your family from inflation, and the growth is non-taxable. Depending on your region, if your funeral costs less than the amount you have put aside, those funds will be refunded back to your beneficiaries. For more information on what is applicable in your region, simply speak to your funeral director. Each year thousands of people decide to pre-plan and pre-pay their funeral, these plans are designed to be flexible and can accommodate the many changes that often occur in people’s lives.
What you can do in advance…
- Decide on Burial or Cremation and your casket or urn type.
- Pick what type of service you want (religious, military, non-traditional)
- Choose which funeral home to use.
- Designate your pallbearers, pick any music or readings you want at your service.
Benefits of Pre-Planning
- Between 70 and 75 decisions are made within the first 24-48 hours of death. It’s difficult to think rationally while making so many decisions within days of losing someone, pre-planning gives yourself, family and friends peace of mind. Pre-planning gives your loved ones direction of your wants and desires.
- It’s easy. Anyone can do it, and you can change your mind at any time.
If you are interested in prearranging a funeral please call us for an appointment. If you feel comfortable filling out the PrePlanning form on the Preneed tab of our website you may do so and bring it to the appointment, email it or print it out and mail it to us