Explore the Benefits of Planning in Advance
Our Advance Planning Specialist will lead you through a discussion to help you understand the decisions that will need to be made to coordinate your desired funeral arrangements and discuss anticipated costs associated with your individual plan. We can also explain the benefits of funeral preplanning vs. pre-funding and the options that are available for both. Contact our Advance Planning Specialist to start the conversation.
What is Funeral Preplanning?
Funeral preplanning is a way to document your final wishes for your funeral services in advance. Each decision made in advance eases the burden on your family needing to plan for your arrangements at the time of death. Funeral preplanning also allows you to make sure your preferences of what you desire your final arrangement to include, or not to include, will be honored.
Why Should I Preplan?
Preplanning your funeral services can bring peace of mind and comfort for you and your loved ones because the arrangements are made in advance. These plans ease the decisions and/or financial burden that may be placed on your family as they are grieving. Funeral preplanning also allows you the time to make the choices that are best for you and your family and honors the life you have lived. After preplanning is complete, many have shared they feel a sense of relief by having their wishes documented and prepared.
Is Pre-funding Required?
Pre-funding is not required for funeral preplanning. However, there are several benefits to doing so. The biggest benefit is that we guarantee to not increase our professional services fees once the package has been prefunded, at no additional cost. Other area funeral homes charge families to guarantee their pricing.
How Does Pre-funding Work?
Prepayment can be done over time in increments, as a lump sum, or within a payment plan. An Irrevocable Whole Life Insurance policy is issued to guarantee that 100% of the money set aside for funeral expenses will be applied to your final arrangement costs. It is designed to gain interest over time to offset the increases in the cost of living. You can choose what you want to pre-fund within your plan and have the flexibility to change your mind over time.
If you wish to pre-plan and/or pre-fund your final arrangements, our Advance Planning Specialist can guide you through the process. It starts with a simple conversation.
What if I’m unsure about what I’d like for my arrangements?
Our Advance Planning Specialist, Sandi Speranza, will get to know you and have a conversation about what matters uniquely to you so your arrangements will honor your wishes. People often share that this process helped them feel comfortable and brought clarity and peace of mind. You might have special wishes, such as having your cremated remains incorporated into the root ball of a tree to be planted. There are many ways in which you can be honored and we’ll help you to consider through our conversations together.
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The Talk of a Lifetime
In addition to funeral preplanning, having the Talk of a Lifetime with your loved ones can bring great joy and clarity, and strengthen bonds between you and your loved ones.
Have the Talk of a Lifetime, a program created by The Funeral and Memorial Information Council, was designed to help families have meaningful conversations about the things that matter most in their lives. These discussions can give important insights to the people they left behind — insights that can be used to honor and remember the lives of their loved ones.
Why Have the Talk of a Lifetime?
Although we might have daily conversations with our loved ones, the most meaningful and deep ones don’t always happen. Having this kind of conversation can make a huge difference — it can help us see our loved ones in a different and more positive light, it can teach us valuable lessons, it can give us a clearer picture of the things they love, it can bring us closer together, and it can help us reaffirm to them how much we love them.
Who should Have the Talk of a Lifetime?
We could have the talk of a lifetime with anyone we value, cherish, and love. It could be our grandparents, parents, siblings, uncles and aunts, cousins, partner or spouse, children, or friends. It also doesn’t have to be done only when we feel we are or someone we love is at the end of their life. We’ll never really know what the future holds, so let us take the opportunities we still have with them while we still can.
How do we start the Talk of a Lifetime?
We shouldn’t really wait for a special moment to start having these kinds of talks. We can do it anytime and anywhere, when we and our loved ones are comfortable — at home while we’re having meals together, out for a walk, or gathered as a family.
We could also sometimes start with visual prompts, like a photo or an entire photo album, a memento, or a souvenir. We can open up about past experiences while we’re at a memorable place, such as a church, a favorite restaurant, or an old park. These can be great ways to start a story.
Funeral Preplanning Form
Use this form to provide us with as much or as little detail as you wish. At a minimum, please provide us with your name, today’s date, telephone number, address, and whether you would like for our Advance Planning Specialist to reach out to you. Due to security reasons, we do not require you to provide your social security number on this form. However, it is a required piece of information by our team, and we may request it over the phone.
what our families say
Tiffany Foster went out of her way to fulfill all my requests, talked me through problems I was facing, and tried to make me feel as comfortable as possible when I was a wreck, totally crushed, and I thank her with all of my heart for that.
James S. | July 2020
The professional manner of the staff made a difficult time a little easier.
Lynda R. | July 2020
Services provided for both parents were perfect, on time, and no issues. Brenda is awesome and strong!
Michael M. | July 2020
Skyler was absolutely amazing. She was so caring and helpful through this whole process. She even went above and beyond to meet with us in DeForest and even to make a stop at our home to drop off or pick up anything needed. While it was a small gesture, it was so helpful and greatly appreciated.
Brooke S. | Dec. 2020