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The Importance of Pre-planning

The Basics of Pre-planning

 

Pre-planning a funeral is also known as "preneed" planning. Preneed refers to prearranging and pre-funding your own funeral. A preneed insurance policy covers the cost of the funeral at the time of death.

Every year, millions of North Americans arrange their funerals in advance. They explore their options for a ceremony, they discuss costs, and they set up a plan with the professionals in their community to ensure they'll have the funeral they choose.

Why is Preneed Funeral Planning Important?

No one likes to think about death, let alone plan for it. In many families, discussing one's mortality is an extremely uncomfortable topic. But it is a topic that should be discussed and planned for well in advance of your death. 

By pre-planning your funeral, you relieve your family of having to make important financial decisions during a period of great stress and grief-a time when people aren't thinking very clearly and may not know what to do because you never made your wishes known. 

It's easy to say, "Don't make a fuss. I don't want a ceremony. Just bury me and be done with it." But it is important to realize that the ritual of a funeral and/or memorial service isn't for the deceased but for the living. It is a time when friends and family can gather together to grieve openly and to provide support for one another.

Pre-planning your funeral can be very informal, and as simple as following our pre-planning checklist and sharing your wishes with a family member. More formal arrangements in the form of a preneed contract can be set up with a funeral director and pre-funded through life insurance. 

Pre-planning, when done properly, can give you peace of mind because you know that your arrangements are ready and pre-funded. Meet with your funeral director to discuss pre-planning. 

By pre-planning your funeral, you can:

  • make all the arrangements during a time of peace and not leave them to your family during their time of grief;

  • make your wishes known; 

  • control the cost of your funeral and protect from inflation;

  • ensure that personal records are organized and easy for your survivors to locate;

  • protect your insurance so that it provides for your survivors and not for funeral expenses; and

  • provide protection in case the need arises before it is expected

 

Benefits of Pre-Planning a Funeral

Prearranging a funeral:

  • Involves your family in making these difficult decisions. 

  • Means every detail can be arranged according to your wishes. 

  • Guarantees that personal records are organized. 

  • Saves your family from any additional burden at a time of emotional stress. 

 

Pre-funding a funeral:

  • Spares your loved ones from financial worry at a time of need. 

  • Fits your budget with various payment plans. 

  • Means funeral expenses can be taken care of today.

The Basics of Pre-planning

 

Pre-planning a funeral is also known as "preneed" planning. Preneed refers to prearranging and pre-funding your own funeral. A preneed insurance policy covers the cost of the funeral at the time of death.

Every year, millions of North Americans arrange their funerals in advance. They explore their options for a ceremony, they discuss costs, and they set up a plan with the professionals in their community to ensure they'll have the funeral they choose.

Why is Preneed Funeral Planning Important?

No one likes to think about death, let alone plan for it. In many families, discussing one's mortality is an extremely uncomfortable topic. But it is a topic that should be discussed and planned for well in advance of your death. 

By pre-planning your funeral, you relieve your family of having to make important financial decisions during a period of great stress and grief-a time when people aren't thinking very clearly and may not know what to do because you never made your wishes known. 

It's easy to say, "Don't make a fuss. I don't want a ceremony. Just bury me and be done with it." But it is important to realize that the ritual of a funeral and/or memorial service isn't for the deceased but for the living. It is a time when friends and family can gather together to grieve openly and to provide support for one another.

Pre-planning your funeral can be very informal, and as simple as following our pre-planning checklist and sharing your wishes with a family member. More formal arrangements in the form of a preneed contract can be set up with a funeral director and pre-funded through life insurance. 

Pre-planning, when done properly, can give you peace of mind because you know that your arrangements are ready and pre-funded. Meet with your funeral director to discuss pre-planning. 

By pre-planning your funeral, you can:

  • make all the arrangements during a time of peace and not leave them to your family during their time of grief;

  • make your wishes known; 

  • control the cost of your funeral and protect from inflation;

  • ensure that personal records are organized and easy for your survivors to locate;

  • protect your insurance so that it provides for your survivors and not for funeral expenses; and

  • provide protection in case the need arises before it is expected

 

Benefits of Pre-Planning a Funeral

Prearranging a funeral:

  • Involves your family in making these difficult decisions. 

  • Means every detail can be arranged according to your wishes. 

  • Guarantees that personal records are organized. 

  • Saves your family from any additional burden at a time of emotional stress. 

 

Pre-funding a funeral:

  • Spares your loved ones from financial worry at a time of need. 

  • Fits your budget with various payment plans. 

  • Means funeral expenses can be taken care of today.

Resources

At Park View Cemetery at Kirby’s Mill we like families to be informed consumers. That is why we created our resource section. Here you will find preplanning information, frequently asked questions, and informative links. This useful information will allow you to learn about the alternatives available to you and your family long before the need arises. This will enable you and your family to make a thoughtful and economical decision when everyone is thinking clearly, rather than at a time of grief and emotional stress.

Talk of a Lifetime

The Funeral and Memorial Information Council (FAMIC) created Have the Talk of a Lifetime to help families have important conversations about the things that matter most to them and how a person’s life story can be remembered and honored in a meaningful way. Memorialization is so much more than it used to be. Today it can reflect a person’s life story, values, interests and experiences. Meaningful memorialization can be transformative, healing and comforting. Have the Talk of a Lifetime offers families practical advice and tools to help them have conversations about the things that matter most and how they hope to be remembered when they die and for generations to come.

Veterans Info: 

There are many benefits available to those who have served our country. Find out more about what's available. 

Preplanning: 

Our informative preplanning guide and free preplanning sessions can help provide the information you need. Find out more about preplanning. 

When a Loved One Passes: 

We are here for you 24 hours a day 365 days a year. We will help you and guide you through this difficult time with kindness, compassion, and professionalism. Get information here.

Grief Support Information: 

After a loss most people experience grieving in some way. It manifests itself differently in everyone. We have provided information and resources here to assist you with this process. Support links.

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Medford, New Jersey 
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