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Thinking about the inevitability of one's death is subject that few like to consider. For many, actually moving ahead with the pre-planning or pre-paying for their funeral is even more difficult. However planning a funeral in advance can help alleviate your loved ones of the emotional and financial stress.
Briefly to follow are just a few things to consider when planning:
Who will be the best person to help the funeral director fulfill your wishes taking into consideration the surviving family members needs?
Do you have/need cemetery space?
Would you prefer full casket burial or cremation?
Would you like visiting hours with the casket, open or closed or with an urn? Visiting hours tend to be more informal and offer time to gather with family and friends.
Would you like a formal funeral or memorial service? If so, at a house or worship, at the funeral home or another location? The funeral or memorial service is more structured with an order of service, a clergy member or friend who presides and gives direction to the the service.
Do you have particular readings, passages or music you would like to be included in the visiting hours or service?
Would you like memorial contributions in your name to be directed to a certain organization?
Would it make sense from a financial or estate planning view to prepay for the services?
We can guide you through the many options and considerations to help you determine the arrangements that best suite your needs. We will help you find a balance between the emotional, spiritual and financial needs of your surviving loved ones after you have gone.