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One of the most difficult and stressful times in our lives is the experience of losing a family member or close friend. Along with all of the strong emotions and grief that we feel comes the difficult task of arranging the funeral and burial, or cremation service. Many times we go through this time as if in a haze, and we are not able to make decisions or think as clearly as we would under normal conditions. There is no way that your funeral director or anyone else can take away all of the heartache and pain that comes with the death of a loved one. But there is something that you can do to help alleviate some of the confusion that is associated with this time in our lives. By preplanning all of the aspects of a funeral, you can bring some certainty into this perplexing time through a process called pre-arrangement.

What is pre-arrangement?

Talking about death is often difficult. Yet a death in the family may create problems for survivors which can sometimes be alleviated by discussion and pre-planning. Funeral and burial important discussed I and sometimes method some people choose to survivors after death occurs.

Pre-arrangement is the process by which a family makes all of the decisions about the funeral ahead of time. In this way, a family can think more clearly and without all of the emotional factors that follow the death of a loved one. You select the type of service you wish to

have, as well as the casket, headstone, and burial vault. The funeral director will also record all of the details that will be needed at the time of death. These include social security numbers, parents' names, names of survivors, and so on. Other details such as a favorite hymn or verse can also be recorded so that they can be used in the service and are not forgotten in the hustle and bustle that surrounds a death.

Pre-arrangement coupled with pre-financing is also usually much less expensive than at-need arrangement, for a variety of reasons. Pre-arrangement allows a family to select exactly the type of service that they want at a time when they can think clearly and without unnecessary time pressures. In this way a family will not feel pressured to select a funeral that is out of their price range. This type of plan also allows a family to spread out the payments over time, avoiding the large one-time payment that can be devastating to your loved ones. Finally, when you pre-arrange, and depending on the type of financing or payment method you choose, you may have the opportunity to freeze prices, safeguarding your family from price increases that are sure to come in the future.

Why Pre-arrange?

Pre-arrangement provides you with peace of mind and can help to ease the emotional burden from your family at one of the most stressful times in their life. You are able to ask questions to your funeral counselor and fully comprehend the many options and services available. You also have an opportunity to discuss options with your family and consult those persons that will be most affected by the death. If you also choose pre-payment, you are also protected against any price increase. You will feel good knowing that the financial burden will not fall upon your family.

There are many other different reasons for prearranging a funeral, as well. Actually, there are almost as many explanations for pre-arranging funerals as there are people requesting them. Some persons, especially those who are alone in the world, may want the assurance of a funeral and burial which meet their personal beliefs, standards or life style. Others feel a responsibility to assist survivors by arranging approximate funeral and burial cost guidelines. Still others have moved to distant places, or maintain both summer and winter residences. They may want to make sure that certain recommendations are heeded as to where the funeral and burial or other final disposition will take place.

Personal Choice

You choose the type and cost of service you want, right down to the smallest detail.

You are assured that your funeral will be consistent with your lifestyle and individual standards.

You and your family can bring death out into the open by sharing in planning.

Peace of Mind

By making these decisions in advance, you can bring peace of mind to yourself and your loved ones.

You will know that the arrangements you want are complete and the costs won't burden your family.

Your funeral director will be avail, able to answer any questions and to give you expert counseling in this area. Aside from these specific reasons for discussing funeral arrangements in advance of need, there is an additional benefit. The subject of death is brought out in the open and the family is given an opportunity to share their thoughts about this upcoming eventuality. Mental health is never sustained by the denial of death, but by the frank acknowledgment of this reality of life. Entering into a pre-arrangement agreement with a funeral director also provides an opportunity to indicate one's wishes in writing. It ought to be preceded by a review and evaluation of current funeral costs, funeral ceremonies and alternate funeral and burial procedures. Thus counseling with a funeral director could well be a significant educational experience.

How do we begin!

All funeral homes have access to a pre-arrangement form. Some have plans designed for their own use. Together, you and the funeral director can discuss all necessary details. Once the pre-arrangement is completed, the client should notify some responsible person or persons that such an agreement exists and where it may be found. If desired, the funeral director will supply additional copies for informational purposes.

Before prescribing a definite kind of funeral or type of final disposition, it is always wise to consider and consult those survivors who will be most affected by the death. Grant them the opportunity to be active planning participants, not just passive spectators. This is prudent because when death comes it may have strong emotional impact upon the other members of the family. Permitting them to assist in making funeral and burial arrangements could serve as a healthy outlet for their grief and anxiety. Giving them the privilege of performing a last act of recognition, honor, and respect for the deceased will dramatize eloquently to all the reality that a life has been lived.

Always be sure that you know that you are getting what you want and that you deal with only a reputable firm. Careful counseling with an experienced funeral director can avoid unwise planning or even fraudulent schemes. The funeral director is there to help you and will always try to give you the type of funeral that you want.

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Pre-arranging your funeral provides you with peace of mind & can help to ease the emotional burden from your family.

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