Pre-planning is an opportunity to
make logical decisions for yourself and your family. It allows one
to ease the burden of making decisions. Your loved ones should not
have to make those decisions at a time of grief. It is also your
obligation to your family to make sure your funeral is paid for or
you have other means to pay for the funeral at the time of your
Once you've chosen a funeral
director and had the opportunity to start discussing your
preferences, the next logical step is to pre-arrange the service.
Pre-arrangement is not a preoccupation with death; it is a personal
tool for preparation. Many people pre-arrange with a sincere desire
to be helpful to their families and avoid questions and confusion
The first step is to get together
with your family. Offer your thoughts and then listen carefully.
Give their ideas special attention. Since your funeral will most
directly affect your family, it is essential to include their
suggestions in your plans.
Next, go ahead and arrange a conference
with your funeral director and family members. Use this opportunity
to ask as many questions as necessary and to discuss the choices
that will help to create a tribute that is appropriate and
meaningful for you.
Your funeral director has the
proper forms needed for making pre-arrangements. He or she will
likely keep a copy of these forms on file, but you should ask for
copies as well. Keep them with your valuable papers, review them
periodically, and update them as necessary. Remember, with a
pre-arrangement plan, you are in charge.
Funding the pre-arranged service is
also a choice many people make to further ease a possible financial
burden on their family members. It allows you to arrange the
specific kind of service you desire based on today's prices and to
be assured of an adequate fund for the future payment of the
& Ayers you may LOCK PRICES IN
Most funeral homes DO NOT LOCK IN
PRICES. Ask before you pre-pay or pre-arrange.
There are several options available
for funding pre-arrangement services and they may vary somewhat in
each state or province. Talk to your funeral director about funding
the pre-arranged funeral service. He or she will be able to give
you helpful information and thoughtful guidance.
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