We understand that no one wants to think about their own death any sooner than they must, but planning your funeral and cemetery services in advance, sometimes called “preplanning” or “prearranging,” is a responsible, caring act that can reduce stress for your grieving loved ones. It’s easy to understand how making decisions now about your final arrangements can help assure those left behind that your wishes are being honored.
Take responsibility for your arrangements.
Just as estate planning and creating a will are responsible actions, planning your final arrangements in advance makes emotional and financial sense and protects your loved ones from the burden of planning services for you.
Eliminate guesswork for your family.
When you prearrange your funeral and cemetery services, you’ll help alleviate your family’s burden of making difficult decisions at what will be an already difficult time. With your wishes recorded, they won’t be left to guess what you would have wanted.
Personalize your service.
Making your final arrangements in advance allows you to influence all elements of your services, including songs, readings or other personal details that are important to you. It’s your funeral – it should celebrate your life, your way.
Find the quality of service you want.
Investigating different funeral homes and cemeteries is an important part of making final arrangements. Comparison shopping allows you to find the quality of service that’s right for you.
Lock in today's prices.
If you choose to fund your prearranged funeral plans, you can lock in today’s prices for products and services that likely will be more expensive in the future. It is important to work with a funeral professional to understand your options.
Whether you simply want to ensure that your wishes are carried out, or you want to protect your family from making difficult decisions at a time of loss, planning your final arrangements in advance is an important responsibility, and one of the greatest gifts you can give your loved ones.
Once you’ve made the decision to plan your services in advance, it’s simple to do. We recommend you approach your final arrangement planning using four easy steps.
Ask yourself questions about how you would like your final arrangements to capture the way you lived and help your friends and family celebrate your life and honor your memory. Take time to think about the type of funeral and cemetery services that you would want to celebrate or otherwise memorialize your life. Consider the tone and atmosphere of the services. Are they somber? Traditional? Celebratory? Will they reflect your unique interests and personality? What will the experience be like for the guests in attendance? Answering these questions will help you begin to make the funeral and cemetery selections that are right for you.
Once you’ve reflected on and determined your wishes for your final arrangements, actually recording your wishes is the best way to ensure they will be carried out. Using the Personal Planning Guide provided by Geo. H. Lewis & Sons is an excellent way to record your wishes. Whether stored on paper or electronically, your recorded wishes will allow your loved ones to act on your behalf. And, just as you keep your will and financial documents updated, you should review and update your funeral and cemetery plans if necessary as well.
After you’ve recorded your funeral and cemetery plans, it’s important to share them with loved ones so they’ll be able to carry out your wishes.
Keep your funeral plans safe but accessible. It’s a common mistake to store them in a safe deposit box. At the time of your death, a safe deposit box only in your name may not be accessible to others until the legal matters of your estate have been settled. This process may not be resolved until after your final arrangements are carried out.
Finally, support your plans with funding if you choose. By relieving your family of the need to pay for your funeral or cemetery services at the time of your death, you may prevent additional stress for them at an already difficult time. Funding your plans also provides protection against inflation. By locking in today’s prices, your loved ones will not have to pay more for your selected merchandise and services at the time of your death.
It’s important to work with a professional to understand the laws and regulations that protect preneed funds. When you fund your prearrangements with Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, you can rest assured that your funds are safe and secure.
No matter what your wishes are for your funeral and cemetery plans, making them in advance and sharing them with your loved ones will not only help ensure that your final arrangements will be what you want, but also will ease the burden on your family and friends in the future at what will be a difficult time.