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Mary Jones
B: 1937-06-29
D: 2018-11-12
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Jones, Mary
Daniel Messerly
B: 1948-09-04
D: 2018-11-12
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Messerly, Daniel
Sharon White
B: 1945-02-16
D: 2018-11-09
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White, Sharon
Kenneth Walker
B: 1940-07-18
D: 2018-11-09
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Walker, Kenneth
Santino Ortiz
B: 2018-11-03
D: 2018-11-03
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Ortiz, Santino
Joel Sanchez
B: 1950-05-03
D: 2018-11-01
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Sanchez, Joel
Kenneth Sloan
B: 1949-05-28
D: 2018-10-30
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Sloan, Kenneth
Othar Clayton Brown
B: 1936-12-19
D: 2018-10-29
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Brown, Othar Clayton
Earnest Hightower
B: 1936-06-06
D: 2018-10-28
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Hightower, Earnest
Selena Allen
B: 1965-09-19
D: 2018-10-27
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Allen, Selena
Charles Stephenson
B: 1931-12-27
D: 2018-10-27
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Stephenson, Charles
Susan Bobbitt
B: 1940-11-19
D: 2018-10-27
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Bobbitt, Susan
Bill Van Landingham
B: 1933-05-02
D: 2018-10-27
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Van Landingham, Bill
Jerry Robbins
B: 1943-04-24
D: 2018-10-24
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Robbins, Jerry
Eugenia Collinsworth
B: 1938-10-28
D: 2018-10-24
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Collinsworth, Eugenia
Clair Roark
B: 1947-09-30
D: 2018-10-23
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Roark, Clair
Helen Farquhar
B: 1929-05-07
D: 2018-10-20
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Farquhar, Helen
Oleta Cooper
B: 1927-09-19
D: 2018-10-19
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Cooper, Oleta
Mark Akin
B: 1960-11-21
D: 2018-10-17
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Akin, Mark
Doris Alexander
B: 1917-11-21
D: 2018-10-15
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Alexander, Doris
Marta Bailey
B: 1960-05-31
D: 2018-10-14
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Bailey, Marta

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When is the Best Time for Funeral Pre Planning?

The best time to begin pre-planning funeral arrangements is now, while you're thinking about it. While some people in their 40's and 50's may think it's too early to preplan, people who do say that pre-planned funerals is smart financial planning and gives them added peace of mind knowing they aren't leaving this burden to family members. By taking time now to collect cost information and calmly making choices related to your own funeral arrangements, you'll be protecting your family against the stress of having to make these decisions at a time of extreme emotional stress. This way you can carefully choose specific items you want and need ... and pay for them now. Prepaid Investments through funeral homes allows families to fund their funerals in advance through different investment vehicles.

The Six Common Reasons for Pre Paid Funeral Plans:

Today, more individuals and families are making the decision of funeral pre planning than ever before. Because of the factors such as inflation, fewer extended family members living close by, and other changes in our society, planning your own funeral can make a lot of sense. In a recent survey, these were the most common reasons people gave for their pre-planned funeral:

  • Lets your wishes be known.
  • Reduces stress for friends and family at an already emotional time.
  • Saves money
  • Guarantees your family will never have to pay more for your funeral — no matter what happens with inflation.
  • Shows you care.
  • Relieves your loved ones of the financial responsibility.

We've put together this pre planning funeral checklist to help you.

Taking Care of Finances and Property

  • Create a contact list of everyone who should be notified in a medical emergency or death including the name of your funeral home.
  • Give your executor(s) a copy of your will and the contact list.
  • Give your executor(s) a list of bank and investment accounts, creditors, mortgage or lien information, insurance policies, retirement plans, safe deposit boxes, real and personal properties of value and all related telephone numbers.
  • If you are receiving benefits from Social Security or the Veterans' Administration, your executor needs that information to suspend benefit payments.
  • Select someone you trust to deal with your online accounts: email, online memberships, and social media. Include all relevant information and whether or not they should delete, close, or keep any of the accounts.

Taking Care of Funeral-Related Details

We suggest the following:

  • Make note of all the details you want mentioned in your obituary. You could even take this one step further and write your own obituary.
  • State, in writing, your preferences for burial or cremation.
  • If burial is preferred, provide the details of the cemetery arrangements. If you have not purchased a burial plot, this is the time to do so.
  • If you have chosen burial, what type of casket would you like? Should it be made of wood, metal, or composite materials?
  • If you choose cremation, what do you want done with the ashes?
  • Would you like a traditional funeral, memorial service, or celebration-of-life?
  • If you'd like a celebration-of-life, what location would you suggest for this event?
  • What special activities would you prefer at a celebration-of-life?
  • What music or special readings would you prefer?
  • What type and colors of flowers would you prefer?
  • Would you like to select a charitable organization to receive donations in your name?
  • If you're a veteran, would you like to receive full military honors as part of your service? Would you like to be buried in the grounds of a veterans' cemetery?

Taking Care of Your Pets

If you share your life with animal companions, you should think about who you would like to take care of your pets. Consult with the person to see if this is something they are interested in doing for you and then write down your intentions and include all contact information. This should be signed and witnessed, and then given to your executor.

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Final Tasks in Funeral Pre Planning

In addition to your will, the contact list, and the list of all your online account login details and related documents should be provided to your executor.

Finally, you may want to consider paying ahead of time for your funeral choices. Speak to us about how your pre-payment monies will be handled.

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You will have the peace-of-mind knowing all the details are written down and there can be no mistaking your wishes. If you need help or have any questions about our pre paid funeral plans - we're here for you. Call us today at 972-254-4242.

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