What is Pre-Planning?
Pre-Planning is the process of planning your funeral arrangements in advance. It involves making decisions such as:
What type of funeral or memorial service do you want?
What type of casket or urn do you prefer?
Will there be a viewing the night prior in addition to the day of services?
Where will the services take place?
What style of headstone do you want and what will it say?
Who do you want to participate?
Benefits of Pre-Planning
EASE THE BURDEN
If left to plan your funeral, family or friends may be unsure of your wishes and may find themselves emotionally or financially unable to deal with the situation. Pre-planning a funeral service helps remove the guesswork and the strain, allowing loved ones to focus on their grief.
CONTROL THE COSTS
Pre-funding your funeral arrangements ensures that your family won't bear the financial costs. Pre-planning also gives you time to consider all your options and look for the best deals. Without pre-planning, family members may have to make quick financial decisions that could cause them to overspend.
PROTECT AGAINST GOVERNMENT INTRUSION
When applying for government assistance, such as Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, or nursing home care, applicants must spend down available assets until they reach a qualifying level. In most cases, prepaid funeral plans are considered an exempt asset, which can help you qualify.
"Planning ahead has given my husband and I peace of mind knowing that our children won't have to worry about planning our funeral arrangements or how to pay for it when the time comes. Allen-Hall Mortuary was very professional and easy to work with."Brenda R. (Logan, UT)