Why Preplan?

Planning a Dignified Tribute for Your Loved One

When a loved one dies, grieving family members and friends are often confronted with dozens of decisions about the funeral of which must be made quickly and often under emotional duress. What kind of funeral should it be? What funeral home should you use? Should the service be a traditional funeral or a cremation? What are you legally required to buy? What other arrangements should you plan?Many people want to know the answer to “how much is it going to cost?” Each year, Americans grapple with these and many other questions as they spend billions of dollars arranging more than two million funerals for family members and friends. The increasing trend toward pre-need planning when people make funeral arrangements in advance suggest that many customers want to compare prices and services so that ultimately the funeral reflects a wise and well-informed purchasing decision as well as a meaningful one. Comparing funeral costs is a wise thing to do, because not all funeral homes charge the same prices. There are two stages to arranging a funeral:

  • Work with your local funeral director to explore the options.
  • Once you have made your choices and arranged the ceremony, arrange the financing

Planning a Funeral Ceremony

In planning a funeral service, you must first determine the type of service. Should it be a large or small ceremony? Traditional or creative expression? Today,many families plan funerals that reflect the contributions and accomplishments of the deceased. Then you must determine the final resting place. Whether you choose to be buried at a cemetery plot, placed in a mausoleum, or cremated, there are significant choices to be made. Weighing the options in advance is better than making a quick decision on such a personal, significant subject. With the help of Harold and Rose Massey and staff, you can create a funeral that will be a personal and dignified tribute.