Everything you need to know and want to ask about pre-planning.
You’ve taken an important step by choosing to pre-plan. Congratulations. By taking steps to arrange these important plans now, you’ve taken a large burden off of your beloved family, providing them with greater peace of mind. You’re relieving your family of the cost that can be associated with planning a burial, allowing them to celebrate and honor your life. And finally, you’re ensuring that every last detail is planned according to your own wishes and needs.
You might have some questions as you begin the path towards pre-planning. We’re here to help answer them.
Here are some questions that often come up from others at the same stage:
Pre-planning versus pre-funding? I’ve heard both terms, what is the difference?
Pre-planning is making all of your wishes known in advance and allowing us to create a file of those wishes, to include all vital information we will need for the death certificates and obituary. Pre-funding is taking the pre-planning process one step further by either paying for your arrangements up front or setting up a payment plan.
Can I move a previously planned arrangement?
Absolutely! If you move away from our area, just let us know the name of a trusted funeral home in your new location. We will take care of transferring your information to them without any worries.
Do I need to purchase a burial vault?
In most areas of the country, state or local laws do not require that you buy a container to surround the casket in the grave. Most cemeteries require that you have such a container so that the ground will not sink and the safety of their visitors and staff is protected.
I’ve heard about mausoleum burials - what are the benefits?
People choose mausoleum crypts because they are both clean and dry. They offer a good alternative for those who prefer to not be interred in the ground.
Are there vaults for cremated remains?
Yes, we offer urn vaults, designed for in-ground burial of cremated remains. We have a wide selection available, so we are sure we can help you find a beautiful option that is a good fit for your taste and preferences.
Can two cremations be performed at once?
No. Not only is it illegal to do so, most modern cremation chambers are not of sufficient size to accommodate more than one adult.
Can the family witness the cremation?
Yes. Our cremation facility is set up to allow family members to be present when the body is placed into the cremation chamber. In fact, some religious groups include this as part of their funeral custom. As anything, this is a personal choice on whether you want to witness this event.
We know that you may have other questions, so feel free to call us at anytime so that we can walk you your options and help you create the best possible plan for you.
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