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There are many reasons for preplanning funerals... none more important than your own family.

By preplanning, a person spares his family from making difficult decisions at an already stressful time. Time and time again, we have heard families express how much it has helped that their loved one prearranged his funeral plans. Not only does it keep a family from wondering what a loved one would have wanted, but it also allows the family to deal with grieving without being faced with numerous and often difficult decisions.

Often family members struggle to find records, insurance policies, addresses and other important items when a death has occurred. Preplanning and organizing important documents ahead of time helps to relieve loved ones of the added stress of locating much needed information. It also allows for making deliberate, informed decisions ahead of time, instead of hasty, emotional choices often made at the time of need.

A person can prearrange what type of service is desired such as a traditional burial or cremation. A casket, vault or urn can be selected and other wishes regarding the service can be listed on file at the funeral home along with other important information.

Prepaying is also an option when planning one's arrangements. Prepaying allows for a service to be chosen and paid for at today's prices. When death occurs, the family is not faced with the worry of paying the funeral bill, or the price inflation that may have occurred over time. There are several funding options, including burial insurance, designed to simplify prepayment.

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Preplanning provides peace of mind for everyone involved. A carefully preplanned service can be the most comforting to your family, as it spares them from having to face decisions that can be both emotionally and financially difficult at the time of death. It can give them lasting peace of mind to know that they have acted in accordance with your wishes.

Making pre-arrangements can be as simple or as detailed as you wish. You can make the selection of the services, casket, music, etc. or simply record the information that will be needed for legal forms and other paperwork.

Another reason to preplan is to ensure that your family will receive all of the benefits for which they are entitled. It is important that all of your personal records, including bank account numbers, investment information, insurance policy numbers and location of important papers be accessible to your family in the event of a death.

Although not required when making pre-arrangements, most people choose to set aside funds that will cover their future funeral and final expenses. We offer a variety of prepayment programs which allow you to control cost, avoid emotional overspending, and guarantee today's price. One of our directors can meet with you at your home or at our funeral home to explain the various programs and answer any questions.

Once your pre-arrangements are made and on file, when the time of need arises, a call to our funeral home will enable us to proceed with what was planned.

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