Funeral Pre-Planning Services
Why Plan Ahead?
Planning for the future is a natural and important part of our everyday lives. We contribute to retirement plans, take out life insurance, and create wills. As your family matures, pre-planning your funeral becomes part of this important planning process. There is no charge for funeral planning ahead of time. You will receive a private, dedicated meeting with our staff. The funeral director will speak with you about your wishes and help you to develop a plan that meets your needs. We keep the information on file and, at the time of need, relay your selections to your family and estate representatives, relieving them of the anxiety involved with making rushed decisions.
In addition to pre-arrangement services, we offer guaranteed funeral costs through a pre-paid funeral plans where your payment is invested into a trust account. The deposited funds will accrue interest until the contract is fulfilled (when the services and supplies are delivered) or the contract is canceled. Our plan allows you the option to cancel, change, or transfer your arrangement at any time in the years ahead (please refer to your funeral service contract). Our pre-paid funeral plans program strictly adheres to the Funeral, Burial and Cremation Services Act, 2002. The Act ensures complete protection for your investment, yourself, and your family. We will be pleased to answer any questions you may have about your prepayment options and funeral planning.
How Early Should I Start Pre-Planning?
There is no right or wrong answer when deciding how early to start pre-planning your funeral and interment choice. However, it is always better to start your pre-paid funeral plans as soon as possible for several reasons.
We commonly hear that individuals are prompted to begin the funeral planning process after experiencing the death of a loved one. Planning a funeral in immediate need can be stressful and conflicts may arise when family members are not sure of what the deceased’s wishes are. Here at The Gardens of Boca Raton and Boca Raton Funeral Home, we seek to take the burden off of loved ones during such a difficult time. Presenting them with the funeral plans that you have selected yourself is one such way of doing so.
The most important reason to start your funeral planning, including making pre-paid funeral plans, is that there is no way to foresee when your family may need them. Unfortunately, many funerals are sudden. For this reason, it is crucial to make sure that your loved ones are aware of your wishes, and if you choose to make pre-paid funeral plans, begin the funding process.
Our team of professionals will help you with your funeral planning process, no matter your age or circumstance. Some individuals make plans while they are young and in good health. While it may be challenging to think about, doing so can be extremely beneficial.
What Do I Need to Begin Funeral Planning?
When pre-planning a funeral, or creating pre-paid funeral plans, there are several things that you will need to take into consideration. Our family is here to guide you the entire way. We offer a free online funeral planning guide for those who wish to begin exploring their options from the comfort and privacy of their own homes.
The online guide includes information on everything you will need, including forms to complete for service and memorial information, interment choice, as well as paperwork for a living will. If you are going to complete a living will, you will need two witnesses to sign as well. One of the witnesses must not be related to you by blood or be your spouse. A living will is not mandatory, though it does offer many people comfort knowing that their wishes for end-of-life will be met.
Additionally, our funeral planning guide provides you with the opportunity to select the type of service you wish to have, where the service is to take place, what religious customs to include if any, speakers you want to to have, where you would like the reception and wake to be held, and much more.
The paperwork is designed to give you total control and peace of mind over your decisions, ensure that your wishes will be met down to the last detail. Many people have questions and concerns as they begin their funeral planning process, which is entirely natural.
For answers to many common questions, visit our Question and Answer page.
Should you have further questions or like to speak in person, schedule a private consultation with a dedicated member of our team. We will take the time to address all of the information you are seeking compassionately, assuring that you are comfortable with your decisions.
What Elements of Funeral Planning Can be Completed in Advance?
When pre-planning a funeral, one of the most common questions is regarding what can and cannot be planned in advance. At The Gardens of Boca Raton and Boca Raton Funeral Home, we seek to empower you to make as many decisions as possible throughout the planning process.
Financial arrangements are often a paramount concern, and we can aid you in making pre-paid funeral plans. Finances will be put aside in a trust, legally noted to be used exclusively for funeral services and interment.
There are many other elements of funeral planning that can be completed in advance. You can make plans for the singer or musician you would like to play at the service, gather photos or videos that you would like displayed or shown, select whether you would like to be buried or cremated, note any religious or literary passages you would like to be read, select pallbearers, select a casket, and make known the clothing and jewelry you would like.
These decisions can be difficult, and many people do not know where to start. However, selecting such options in advance ensures that your memorial service, funeral, and burial or cremation will have an element of personalization. It is also common for family members to have difficulty making decisions in a time of mourning. Having such details pre-selected relieves them of added stress or tension during this time.
Another one of the most common questions individuals have is regarding interment options. With the funeral planning process, you have the opportunity to select a mausoleum, niche, lawn crypt, or ground burial. It is particularly important to note this as we often hear from families that they are unsure of what their loved ones wanted.
The Cost of Pre-Planning a Funeral
The ability to create pre-paid funeral plans is a relief to many. With average funeral costs reaching thousands of dollars, many feel more at ease knowing that their loved ones will not be left with a financial burden in their time of grief. There is no cost associated with our funeral planning services when putting together your arrangements ahead of time. Many people like to know that pre-planning can save up to 25% of the cost when compared to funeral planning when in immediate need.
When you make pre-paid funeral plans, you can cover most of, if not all, of the costs that would be incurred by family members and loved ones. The money that is set aside into your trust can cover cremation or casket and burial costs, as well as many details that you may wish to plan.
How to Begin Funeral Planning
If you are interested in beginning the pre-planning and/or pre-funding process, contact us today. We are here to walk you through the process.
Take a virtual tour of our facility or call us today at (561) 325-6664.