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Advance Planning
Frequently Asked Questions

What is Advance Planning?
When you plan in advance, you are making choices now based on your wishes as to how your final arrangements will be carried out. Thus, you can reduce family concerns at the time of your death.

What do I need to do to preplan?
At your convenience, you can meet with one of our Advance Planners to discuss your options and your preferences. When you make arrangements in advance you will want to consider the type of service that best fits the needs of you and your family. By making some or all of these decisions now, you give your family peace of mind, and also benefit financially.

What are the advantages of Advance Planning?
There are many advantages when you take care of your final arrangements in advance. The most obvious benefit is financial, but there are a number of emotional benefits, too. When you make arrangements in advance you have a better opportunity to make informed choices. If you decide to prepay, you guarantee today's prices, and can take advantage of affordable payment plans. We can provide additional professional advice on preplanning and prepaying.

What is the difference between prepaying and preplanning? When you preplan, you do not need to pay for everything in advance—your estate can pay for the services at the rates being charged when your funeral is held. When your plan is complete, the funeral director will keep it on file until it is needed. However, if you prepay at the time you make your pre-arrangements, you can lock in today’s prices. We offer several affordable payment options.  We’ll be happy to discuss these options with you and help you make a decision that best suits your needs.

Where does the money go that I prepay into a plan?
100% of the money you prepay will be used for your funeral or memorial services. Once we receive preplan money from you, we will deposit all of it into an insurance trust with the highest rated preneed insurance company in the nation, Physicians Mutual, where it cannot be released to us until after the funeral you have chosen has been provided for your family. 

What if the cost of the services/products I pre-pay is greatly increased at the time of my death?
Once you prepay for your funeral services, the terms both parties agree to are permanently in effect. For third party expenses such as cemetery costs, flowers, obituaries, and other types of services; the funeral home cannot guarantee that the fund of money established by the purchaser will be sufficient to purchase those services. 

What information will I need to provide on the Pre-plan/Pre-Arrangement online form?
This easy-to-use form should take only a few minutes to complete and will require contact information, service preferences. You’ll have the option to select services, based on your preferences and the associated costs. View or complete the Advance Planning form now

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