For the same reasons you write a will, make retirement plans or buy life insurance, people feel that it is a good idea to be prepared for the future and preplan their funeral arrangements.
Anytime someone wishes to preplan their own funeral we strongly encourage them to discuss the service arrangements with their family members because they will be the ones left to finalize all of the details.
The benefits of preplanning:
- Your wishes will be known.
- You can discuss your options at no cost or obligation.
- Your family will have less paperwork to do, allowing them more time for each other.
- You can begin to make financial plans for your funeral service.
- You can shelter your funds should you have to go on assistance or into a nursing home.
- You will find peace of mind knowing everything has been arranged.
At Wenban Funeral Home, we have three phases of preplanning.
Phase 1 –
You will meet with one of our knowledgeable professionals at your convenience. They will be able to answer your questions, address your concerns and explain your options. This is generally used as a time to help the family feel more comfortable with the funeral home and staff and get a better understanding of the process and timeline of events as they will occur.
Phase 2 –
You will meet with a director and complete the necessary paperwork that will be needed at the time the death occurs. This will include information on the type of services you would like as well as basic information that is needed to complete forms such as a death certificate and obituary. This information is then kept on file at the funeral home and is always accessible to our staff. We would use this file either in the event that the death occurs or if changes need to be made.
Phase 3 –
With our help, you will create your plans as if they were needed today. We would estimate the costs of services using current prices and the money would be set aside in a funeral trust that would be held through the Illinois Funeral Directors Association. In the process of setting up the trust we will have gone through both of the phases of preplanning listed above in hopes of answering any questions that you might have.
If you would like to learn more about preplanning, please contact us today.