Everything You Need to Know About Making Prearrangements at Funeral Homes

Monday, February 20, 2023

No one likes talking about death. But it is inevitable, and at some point, you may be involved in funeral planning for a loved one. Ideally, that planning will happen in advance by making prearrangements, so their funeral can be planned in advance.

You may even consider pre-arranging your funeral. 

It may sound morbid, but preplanning a funeral ensures that the stress and logistics of funeral planning are taken care of in advance. 

So how can you make prearrangements at funeral homes? Here's what you need to know to pre-plan a funeral.

Talk It Over

Whether pre-planning a funeral for yourself or a loved one, you need to talk it over and write it down. What kind of funeral do you or your loved one desire? There's burial, cremation, and even donating your body to science

Some options such as cremation are becoming more popular. You can pre-plan a cremation and purchase funeral or memorial services at current prices, preventing your family from future expenses. You can pre-pay for some or all of your expenses in advance.

What type of service do you want? Funerals, memorial services, and graveside services are all common. However, you may not want all of these. You may want only a simple burial, but desire a memorial service where your loved ones gather to remember you.

Or you may want a celebration of life. A celebration of life is used to gather loved ones to share happy memories and share stories of their deceased loved one. 

Finally, where will the services be? 

Decide What Burial Products You Want

There are many types of burial products available. You may want a casket, which you can purchase from a funeral home or another retailer. Or you may need a cremation urn.

If you or your loved one prefers cremation but also desires a traditional funeral service, you can purchase a cremation casket. A cremation casket serves as the cremation container. As a result, it cannot contain any metal parts.

Green caskets are cremation caskets made out of natural, green materials such as bamboo or wicker. They can be part of a green burial

Shop Around for Funeral Homes

When you choose a funeral home, you will usually work with the funeral director, who works with you and a cemetery of your choice to purchase a plot, plan services, and orchestrate a burial. 

It's worth taking the time to shop around and find a funeral home and funeral director that you like and trust. 

Personalize the Services 

Finally, you need to further personalize your services. If you are religious, you may want to have a service at a specific place of worship. You may also want to choose an officiant to lead the service.

You may want to designate what flowers or music will be used.

Take Care of Your Service Details Today

There's a lot that goes into planning a funeral, from logistics to finances to emotional stress. By making pre-arrangements, you can help make a stressful time easier for loved ones.

If you're looking for funeral homes for pre-arranging a funeral, Schumacher and Benner can help. We want to take care of your and your loved ones and make the funeral planning process easier. Please consult us for preplanning or prearranging a service.

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