WHAT TO PREPARE
Laying the foundation for a well thought out plan for you or a loved one takes a bit of time, but, it's worth every moment spent. After all, you’re setting the stage for a more relaxed and enjoyable life, because you’ll have the peace-of-mind preparedness brings. We have provided list to help you get started:
- Prepare a contact list of individuals who should be notified in a medical emergency or death.
- Write an obituary or simply jot down information you would like included in an obituary.
- Decide where obituary and memorial information should appear.
TYPE OF SERVICE
To make arrangements on the type of service you would like to have, you will need to decide on the following:
- Burial plan
- Cemetery lot location
- Type of casket, cremation urn, vault or sectional crypt
- Type of service: religious, military, non-denominational, or fraternal
- Details of the funeral home that will care for you
- Pallbearers, music, flowers, scripture or other readings
- Select speakers and the eulogies that will represent you.
ARRANGE AND DELEGATE
Arrange and delegate who will be in charge, if you become ill and responsible for your funeral arrangements.
- Give your Executor a copy of your Will and Testament. Safet deposit boxes are often opened up during the estate settlement process, long after the funeral. Any funeral planning documents therein can be of no help to your executor.
- Arrange a list for your designaee of all account information, phone numbers of retirement plans, insurance policies, investments, bank accounts, credit cards, safe-deposit boxes, properties, preferred law and accounting firms. The Social Security Administration will need to be called and any other government benefit agencies should be contacted as well.
- Designate a power of attorney to ensure proper information can be accessed in the event of your illness or death.
- Make arrangements for utility services and on-going mail deliveries such as newspapers or magazines to be cancelled.
Prepaying your funeral reduces stress and financial burden on your loved ones after your passing. By prepaying your funeral, you eliminate your family second guessing on if they have spent too much or too little on your funeral. Prepayment also protects you and your family from inflation, and the growth is non-taxable. Each year thousands of people decide to prepay their funeral, these plans are designed to be flexible and can accommodate the many changes that often occur in people’s lives.
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