Pre-Planning Your Funeral

By: Greg Hurd
Friday, July 29, 2016

Pre-Planning your funeral has many advantages that ensure your funeral will be held according to your wishes and desires. You have the ability to design and customize a funeral service that will include all your preferences and the choices you have selected.

At the time of your death, your family will be going through many emotions and may have to end up guessing what it is you may have wanted for your funeral if they have no instructions or guidance from you. A plan gives your family the direction to make this day a special one that will respect your wishes and honor you.

At the time you decide to go forward with a pre-plan arrangement you need to contact the funeral home that you have selected to have your funeral service held at. A funeral director will meet with you and go over all the required information needed. The following will be discussed:

 

  • Funeral & Memorial: This includes the location of the service, whether you choose a church, the funeral home, or graveside. Next, you will decide the details of your ceremony which would be chosen from a wake, a viewing or a visitation. Some details included that need to be selected would include a private or public ceremony and the hours in which family and friends can visit.

 

  • Burial, Entombment, or Cremation: You will have to decide which service you are going with. Once you decide there are some details to look at. If you are going with a burial, you need to pick out a casket or if you are deciding on a cremation you need to pick out an urn and decide the details about what you want to be done with your ashes.

 

  • Finishing touches: This includes sound and music, the atmosphere of the service, flowers and if you are having a viewing, clothing, and jewelry.

 

Once all these details have been selected and discussed with your funeral director, your plan has been made. The funeral director will deal with the necessary paperwork and if you like a pre-payment plan this is an option as well. Pre-payment is beneficial to take this burden off of your family at the time the death occurs.

If you happen to change your mind on the location of your funeral and want to transfer your pre-plan to a different funeral home. This is also an option available to you without any penalty. All that is required of you is to contact your original funeral home, where the plan was made and notify them. They will then conduct all the paperwork needed to make a transfer. If a payment has already been made, the money will be transferred at the time the death occurs. All that is needed from you is a signature to approve the transfer.

If you have any pre-need arrangement questions or would like to pre-plan your funeral, you can contact, Hurd Family Funeral Home, here.

 

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