Many people plan for life events such as weddings and vacations well in advance, but many people do not plan for something that is certain to happen, their funeral. While most people do not want to think about their own mortality, the time to pre-plan your funeral is now. The primary advantages of pre-arranging your funeral is to relieve the burden on your loved ones in an already emotional time, and to ensure your funeral is carried out according to your wishes, eliminating the task of second-guessing what you would have wanted. Taking the time now to arrange your funeral is one less thing your loved ones will need to worry about once you’ve passed. Pre-planning and pre-paying your funeral is one of the most thoughtful gifts you can give to your family.
Each year more than one million people plan and pay for their final expenses ahead of time. This planning might involve your own funeral or the funeral of a family member. Preplanning ensures that your loved ones will not have to deal with difficult arrangements at the time of death. Loved ones can use that time to comfort each other, reflect and heal.
While preplanning is a thoughtful gesture, it is also practical. It allows you to make unhurried informed decisions.
Preplanning requires you to organize your important documents so your survivors will have the information they need to properly provide for you. It also ensures that benefits such as insurance, social security and veterans, are not overlooked.
Advanced planning allows you to choose a reasonable budget for your funeral needs and allows you the option of setting aside funds over a period of time. Funds set aside against future costs are held in a state-approved trust account – the NJ Prepaid Funeral Trust Fund or top-rated insurance company until required. If you simply wish to make your choices in advance and keep them on file, we are happy to help you with this at no charge.
If you desire more information on advanced funeral planning, The Pable-Evertz Funeral Home would be honored to share our service options with you at no cost or obligation. We are available at night and on the weekend for your convenience.
Give some thought to the following items you may choose to select during the prearrangement conference:
DISPOSITION: Burial, Cremation, Entombment, and Whole Body Donation.
MERCHANDISE: Casket type (wood or metal), Vault or Liner, Cremation Urn, Prayer Cards, Register Book, Clothing.
SERVICES: Location (Funeral Home, Church, Family Home) Open/Closed Casket, Officiant, Music, Readings and Visiting Hours.
OTHER: Obituary Notice, Memorial gifts, Flowers.
Our Directors will answer any questions you may have and ensure that you have all the necessary information to make a sound decision.
Pre-paying your funeral reduces stress and financial burden on your loved ones after your passing. We can co-ordinate a payment plans that suits your needs, from a single payment plan to monthly bank account withdrawals. By pre-paying your funeral you eliminate your family second guessing on if they have spent too much or too little on your funeral. Pre-payment also protects you and your family from inflation, and the growth is non-taxable. Depending on your region, if your funeral costs less than the amount you have put aside, those funds will be refunded back to your beneficiaries. For more information on what is applicable in your region, simply speak to your funeral director. Each year thousands of people decide to pre-plan and pre-pay their funeral, these plans are designed to be flexible and can accommodate the many changes that often occur in people’s lives.
What you can do in advance…
- Decide on Burial or Cremation and your casket or urn type.
- Pick what type of service you want (religious, military, non-traditional)
- Choose which funeral home to use.
- Designate your pallbearers, pick any music or readings you want at your service.
Benefits of Pre-Planning
- Between 70 and 75 decisions are made within the first 24-48 hours of death. It’s difficult to think rationally while making so many decisions within days of losing someone, pre-planning gives yourself, family and friends peace of mind. Pre-planning gives your loved ones direction of your wants and desires.
- It’s easy. Anyone can do it, and you can change your mind at any time.