Pre-Planning

Understanding Pre-Planning

During our lives we plan for many special events and ceremonies: education, graduations, weddings, having a family, birthdays, vacations, anniversaries, and especially our retirement.  We plan for these events because we want to be prepared. However, many neglect to plan for the events that accompany the end of life; everything and everyone that has a beginning also has an ending.  We discuss our plans for the future with those we share our lives with, but we generally put off making decisions about death and funerals until the need arises.

Planning ahead for funeral arrangements is always a good idea; death is going to happen. Many pre-plan their funeral arrangements for the peace of mind it offers.  Pre-planning gives invaluable peace of mind to your family members by removing the burden of making those personal decisions during such an emotionally difficult time.  Pre-planning allows you to make informed choices and creates a guideline for your loved ones to follow in order to honor your final wishes. 

Why Plan Ahead?

Simple–You can take your time creating arrangements that best suit your needs and preferences, and all you have to do is schedule a meeting with a member of our staff to put your plan in place. Anyone can create a plan, at any stage in their life, and you can make changes at a later date if you wish.

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 passes away.


It takes some of the burden off of the loved ones you leave behind.
When a loved one passes, the family faces an overwhelming number of tasks and decisions, all while struggling through grief. 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 with those who cared about you most.

It gives you the ability to pre-pay, if you wish.
While pre-funding your funeral is certainly not required in order to pre-plan, pre-payment means that your funds will be set aside and protected against inflation and unforeseen increases in cost. Your family won’t have to worry about payment, and can enjoy peace of mind knowing that everything has been taken care of. We’d be happy to provide you with more information and help you arrange for pre-funding of your services.

What if I Move?
Once you create your pre-plan with us, we store it in our files as a record of your final wishes and decisions. Your plan is easily transferable to any funeral home in the United States, so it can be used wherever you might choose to relocate. No matter where you live at the time of your passing, or which funeral home’s services you decide to use, we’ll make sure that your plan follows you there.

Where Do I Begin?
The first step is to review our pre-planning checklist to help you consider all of your possibilities and gather all of the information you’ll need. You can also contact any of our 6 locations to schedule a time to meet with a member of our staff to discuss your options and design your plan in person.