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Pre-Planning

PRE-PLANNING IS BETTER THAN WAITING


There's a lot that goes into planning a funeral, but making those arrangements beforehand gives you time to consider all of your options and make sure that you're covering all of the necessary details. The following checklist will help you to make sure you've thought of everything when you begin creating your personalized plan. If you choose to plan in advance we have provided an online form for your convenience or if you would rather meet in person, simply call to have an appointment with our Funeral Director.

The following information will be important to gather together

 

Vital Statistics

This includes:

  • your father's name
  • your mother's maiden name,
  • your level of education
  • and your social security number.









Affiliations

This includes fraternal, service, or union membership, along with any special recognitions you might have.

If you're a veteran, you'll also need to include a copy of the DD-214 Discharge. It shows the following information:

  • Military service
  • Branch rank
  • Date of enlistment
  • Date of discharge
  • Name(s) of war/conflict(s) toured
  • Serial number

General

  • Gather personal information for your obituary
  • Choose a charity to direct donations to, if desired
  • Make note of any special instructions you desire for your services and final disposition







Funeral Service

  • Choose burial or cremation
  • Select a casket or cremation container
  • Choose the location and type of service
  • Decide whether you'd like to have a viewing or visitation
  • Choose a floral arrangement
  • Select which photographs and memorabilia you'd like to display
  • Consider any customs, traditions, or religious rites that are important to you and your family
  • Choose the clothing you'd like to be dressed in
  • Select music and hymns, if desired
  • Select a style for your stationery and memorial register book
  • Arrange transportation for your physical remains and your family
  • Brainstorm any additional ways you'd like to personalize the services or pay tribute to your accomplishments, hobbies, personality, and life story.

Participants

  • Choose a clergy member or officiator to preside over the service
  • Select any musicians whose talents you'd like to employ
  • Select pallbearers
  • Choose friends or family members to perform the eulogy, read scripture, or prepare a speech















Cemetery

  • Choose a cemetery
  • Select a burial or cremation plot, or a mausoleum, if appropriate
  • Decide between above- and below-ground burial
  • Select a memorial or grave marker and inscription
















 

Remember that there's no need to make all of the decisions right away, and that the purpose of pre-planning is to allow yourself to take the time you need when considering your options and making the choices that are right for you. For personalized assistance simply call the funeral home. We will be honored to assist you.

 


Advance Planning provides Peace of Mind to you and your family. Burdens are relieved and you and those you love can feel comfortable knowing arrangements are taken care of.



If you choose to prefund your arrangements all moneys received would be placed in an irrevocable burial trust account approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Funeral Directors. Your investment would be safe and inflation would be stopped. Your burial insurance and savings may then be used for the needs of your family or whoever you choose.

 

 

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