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The idea of preplanning is simple. One day, a great deal of vital information about you or a loved one will be needed by your family and anyone whose responsibility it is to assist them. Those who plan ahead can assist by expressing their personal wishes, providing necessary information and avoiding other difficulties.
Both you and your loved ones can benefit when funeral arrangements are made well ahead of need. It is beneficial to include your immediate family in these plans, ensuring those left behind are aware of your wishes and encouraging them to plan a meaningful funeral that will help them begin their mourning in a healthy manner.
We believe that one of the greatest advantages to preplanning is the opportunity to learn about possible options. There are many misconceptions concerning what can be done and sometimes important steps are eliminated from a plan
based on the misunderstanding of the value of different aspects of the funeral rituals. Services today are not all the same and we can provide you the information to make good decisions for your family. In addition, we will show you how services may be funded and remain exempt when applying for Medicaid, and how you can lessen confusion and family conflict by appointing a funeral representative.
There are a couple of steps in pre-planning: the first is to discuss and record the services you desire. Through that process, we also discuss the associated costs. When meeting with us, we can discuss the benefits of paying today, making payments, or waiting for a future date. Call us today to set a free appointment to begin a conversation about preplanning, spending down for Medicaid, or appointing a funeral representative that will facilitate your choices in the future.
The Advantages of Planning Ahead
Words of Advice When preplanning:
If making the decisions for your own funeral, always have a discussion with those close to you who will likely be in charge at the time. While your decisions are important, you must also be concerned with those left to grieve. Let them know that while you outlined your choices, you give them permission to make necessary changes allowing them to decide what they need to start on a healthy grief journey.
We have often found that people make decisions that are well-intended to save their family grief, time and money. However, those decisions might not provide the best experience for the emotional needs of survivors. So before you make decisions, instead of simply saying “This is what I want!”, ask yourself, “Is this what I would do if the person closest to me died?”. Our trained staff can help you design a plan that reflects your choices but leaves room for survivors to make selections they feel necessary at the time.

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