Prearranging at a funeral home is an important step in this process. The funeral director can sit with you as he/she guides you through all of your choices and documents your decisions. All of these decisions are kept at the funeral home until the time of need. Avoid putting your wishes in a will or in a safe deposit box. Most often a will is not read until after the funeral and a safe deposit box is not opened until later as well. Once you have put all of your decisions on paper, the director can complete a "goods and services" form, which outlines your expected costs for what you have chosen.
It is also important to inform your family and/or loved ones, who will be involved in your funeral process, of your prearrangement. They will need to know which funeral home you would like to use and should be aware of the location of your important papers.
You may choose to plan your funeral wishes without paying any money in advance or you may wish to prepay. The funeral director will discuss your payment options based on your current situation. You may wish to prepay the entire cost, or select a partial payment option. T he advantage of prepaying your funeral cost is that with a "payment in full" we can guarantee your costs. We guarantee that you will never pay more for the selected services than what is in your trust. It's important to note that all payments collected are placed into a regulated funeral trust. The funeral home does not "keep" your money. It is kept in a trust in your name and payable to the funeral home only at the time of death.