It's likely that no one wants to think about planning their own funeral. Unfortunately, nothing good can come out of it if you don't.
By avoiding end-of-life planning, you're giving up authority over some of the most critical decisions you'd ever make in your lifetime. These decisions will be left to be made by relatives who are caught in the emotional turmoil of grief after the loss of a loved one.
Making prearrangements is the right choice. You can do so at your own pace when you feel calm, healthy and rational. With numerous years of experience in preplanning funerals, Serenity Funeral Homes LLC is here to help make the process as simple and easy as possible for you.
We'd like to say that the best time to preplan your service is "right now," but we understand that not everyone is emotionally ready to take on this task. Perhaps the best time to start preplanning is when you have a family you wish to protect from the emotional burdens they'll carry if no plan is left behind at all.
By taking the time to calmly collect this information now, you're protecting your family from the stress of making these decisions at a time of extreme emotional stress.
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Funeral preplanning is the concept of planning a funeral before it's needed. People may choose to preplan when they have been diagnosed with a terminal illness or even when they're perfectly healthy.
Preplanning a funeral gives people the opportunity to plan their burial or cremation exactly how they want and choose the merchandise that's right for them. Planning ahead allows people to compare costs and options and make choices in a less emotional setting. This can help to avoid the emotional overspending that often occurs at the time of need.
You can choose to preplan every last detail or only make the main decisions and allow your family to personalize the details. When we meet, we'll walk you through all the details to be considered and record your wishes and instructions or make note that the choice is up to your family to decide.
Typically, the following items are discussed during a preplanning meeting:
- Vital Statistics information required when a death occurs
- Casket burial or cremation (cemetery information if applicable)
- Private viewing, public visitation, prayer service
- Location for service (if applicable)
- Funeral merchandise (caskets, vaults, cremation containers, urns, keepsakes)
- Personalization information (flowers, music, tributes, eulogies, pallbearers, clothing, ministers, obituary)
After we have recorded your information, you may choose to leave the file as is without prepaying. This is called an unfunded prearrangement. We'll keep the information on file and when the time of need comes, the current price of the selected services and merchandise is charged to the family or estate.
People who have purchased a life insurance policy may find this option best. The only caution is that there is no protection against inflation when services are not prepaid.
If you choose to prepay, you lock in your prices. This is a funded prearrangement. Those who choose this option pay today's prices which are guaranteed and protected from inflation. There are laws governing prepaid funerals to ensure your money is available when needed. You cannot be charged extra for services that were paid for in advance.
At Serenity Funeral Homes LLC, we believe that preplanning is the best and safest option for families. Funds are held in a trust or placed in an insurance-based product. A prepaid arrangement is fully transferable and allows for a beneficiary to be named in the event that funds are available at the time of need.
From single-pay plans to automatic monthly bank withdrawals to credit card payments, we'll work with you to come up with a plan that works best for your financial situation.
We are not commissioned sales people. We are professional, experienced funeral directors and are only concerned with helping you make the choices that are right for you, your family and your budget.