Pre-planning your funeral arrangements allows you to ensure your family knows exactly the type of service you
would like. Funeral pre-planning also allows you to pay ahead of time
for your funeral services to reduce the financial burden placed on your
family after your death. During the funeral pre-planning process, there
are several important factors to consider as you determine the funeral
arrangements that suit your preferences and your needs.
Choosing Burial vs. Cremation
One of the first choices you’ll need to make when pre-planning your
funeral is whether you’d prefer traditional burial or cremation.
Keep in mind that even if you would like to be cremated, your remains
can still be interred in a grave if you wish. If you do opt for burial,
you’ll need to purchase a casket and burial plot, as well as a grave
marker of your choosing. Cremated remains may alternatively be stored
in an urn with your family or in a columbarium.
Choosing Your Payment Options
Funeral homes often offer several different options that allow you to pre-pay
for all or part of your funeral in a way that suits your current and future
financial comfort. You may opt to make some purchases outright, or enroll
in a pre-payment plan that you’ll pay down over time via installments.
Regardless of how much you opt to pay ahead of time and the manner in which you
pre-pay for funeral services, it’s beneficial to keep records in a location that is accessible
by at least one designated family member so they will have this information,
as well as the information about the funeral arrangements you’ve
made, upon your death.
Pre-planning funeral arrangements can be a wonderful last gift to a family
coping with loss. If you’d like to find out more about
funeral services in Chicago, IL, please contact Leak & Sons Funeral Homes today by calling (773) 846-6567.
You can also find further information about our funeral home when you
visit our website.