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 Planning Ahead
Experience the Difference
Most of us are not prepared to plan and carry out a funeral for someone we love. And so much of the information available on this critically important subject fails to focus on what is most important: having a personalized, meaningful gathering or service that helps families and friends begin the healing process of mourning after the death of someone we love.
Our dedicated and experienced staff are here to help you and can play a critical role in planning and carrying out a meaningful funeral, memorial service, or gathering. Our licensed funeral directors are intimately familiar with the funeral planning process, key decisions a grieving family must make, and the necessary legal documentation that is required during this difficult time. Our funeral professionals can handle all the details and help you create a unique service that meets your needs and values.
Funeral ceremonies can make a significant difference in how families channel their grief towards health and healing. During the event, the community comes together and responds to the reality that someone has died, and to the reality that those remaining will need support, compassion, love, hope, and understanding. The ceremony encourages you to think about the person who has died and to explore the meaning of their life and the ways in which they touched the lives of others.
Why Is It Important to Plan Ahead?
• It lets you decide how you’d like to be remembered. Creating your own unique life celebration allows you to make sure that your wishes and desires are respected upon your passing. However you decide to be memorialized, pre-planning and preparation gives you control over the personal decisions that must be made when a person moves on from this life. Planning can be meaningful for your family, as well, if you choose to include them in the process. It can help them to feel connected to you both in life and in death, knowing that your arrangements reflect exactly what you envisioned them to be.
• It takes the burden off your family and friends. When a loved one passes, the family faces an overwhelming number of tasks and decisions, all while struggling through grief and a range of difficult emotions. By taking care of your arrangements before the time of need, you’re relieving them of that burden and giving them more time and energy to focus on healing and remembrance. They won’t have to ask themselves, “Am I making the right choices?” and can instead focus on what matters: saying goodbye and celebrating your life journey with those who cared about you most.
• It gives you the ability to pre-pay, if you wish. Anyone can create a list of preferences at any stage in their life and you can make changes at a later date if you wish. Pre-payment means that your funds will be set aside and protected against inflation and unforeseen increases in cost. Smith & Turner offers a variety of payment options: a one-time payment paid-in-full, or a payment plan over 3, 5, 7, or 10 years with a guaranteed insurance underwriter included to cover your policy in full if the passing occurs before the balance is paid in full. You and your family can enjoy peace of mind knowing that everything has been taken care of. We would be happy to provide you with more information and help you arrange an affordable pre-payment plan.
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