Funeral Preplanning Can Offer Emotional and Financial Security
Thinking about one's funeral leaves most people feeling a little uneasy, but more adults are finding that preparing for the inevitable is a wise decision. Those preplanning their own funerals say it offers great emotional and even financial security.
Among the biggest reasons families prearrange is the peace of mind that comes with knowing a spouse or child will not be left with making important decisions at a stressful time.
Preplanning ensures the family that their loved one's final wishes will be met. Many families are comforted knowing the funeral reflects what their loved one wanted. Preplanning may or may not involve prepaying. Wrisley Funeral Home recommends prearranging for everyone and suggests discussing with a licensed funeral director the benefits prepayment can offer.
We recommend prepaying a funeral contract that is regulated trust established by a licensed funeral director. Wrisley Funeral Home is a proud member of New England Funeral Trust. A regulated trust can be established by a licensed funeral director.
As with any contract, it's wise to read the prepayment agreement carefully to be sure you understand all the provisions. You may want to ask:
- Who receives the interest on the account, and who must pay taxes on the interest?
- Is the prepayment ever refundable, in part or in full?
- Can the plan be used at a funeral home of my choice?
- What happens if the funeral home goes out of business or is sold?
- In the event the purchaser of the plan moves, is the prefunded plan transferable?
Once you've made your prearrangements, keep a copy of your plan and any pertinent paperwork in a safe place and inform a close friend or relative what arrangements you've made and where the information may be found.