One of the questions we are regularly asked is, “why should I preplan?” The simple answers are to save money and ensure your peace of mind.
Relieve an emotional and financial burden for loved ones
Making final arrangements is far more difficult when a loved one has just passed than if you plan for it now. It can become an emotional burden during a time when family members and friends should be remembering their loved one. There are literally dozens of decisions that must be made in only a few days to prepare for final arrangements and a funeral. For an individual or a couple, being able to make those decisions with a clear mind is vitally important, and a blessing for loved ones.
Avoid emotional overspending by preplanning
Burial and cremation costs also rise each year, and double on average every decade. Preplanning saves on these costs, and allows for either up-front payment or an affordable payment plan that fits your schedule.
We’re here to answer your preplanning questions
Our experienced family service counselors host free, informal seminars at halls, churches, restaurants and community centers around Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. We provide information about preplanning options, including ground and mausoleum burials, cremation, special sections that are available to families to memorialize children, veterans and religious beliefs. This is your chance to ask those questions in a casual, comfortable setting.
Take advantage of our free Family Records Guide
Just as every family is different, there are many variations of the burial and funeral ritual. We have a free online Family Records Guide that you can use to securely record your final wishes. It offers an opportunity to upload photos that can be celebrated at your memorial, a list of friends and family members to contact, and other preferences. We can also provide a hard copy Family Records Guide for those who prefer.
This will ensure that you get exactly what you want, and nothing you don’t. But if it seems like a daunting task, don’t worry. Our goal is to make it easy for you.
How to get started
Attend our free seminars or contact a Family Services Counselor at any of our locations.
Call us now for an appointment to schedule your personalized tour
Call us for a free copy of our 16-page Planning Guide. Visit our office and we’ll provide you with the information necessary to begin planning with your family.
Four important steps you should take:
• Start the discussion with your family – Naturally we’re all reluctant to talk about death. But it will be much easier before the need arises, so start the conversation now. The time to do it is not when someone is terminally ill. Do it in advance.
• Record your specific wishes in a planning guide – This list of preferences will prove to be an invaluable tool in preventing a lot of second guessing, whether it is a printed or online guide.
• Catalog your important documents and keepsakes – Estate planning professionals advise their clients to keep complete and timely records to help the person managing your affairs. This will help you stay organized.
• Make it known to your family and friends – Make it known to those closest to you that you have made these decisions. You’ll feel better, and you’re loved ones will be relieved.