Why Plan Ahead?

It's easy.

You can take your time creating arrangements that best suit your needs and preferences, and all you have to do is fill out a form or meet with a Funeral Director to put your plan in place. Anyone can create a plan, at any stage in their life, and you can make changes at a later date if if necessary .

It lets you decide how you'd like to be remembered.

Creating your own unique life celebration allows you to make your wishes and desires known upon your passing. However you decide to be memorialized, pre-planning and preparation gives your family guidence as to how you wish to be remembered. Planning is also meaningful for your family, as well, and you are encouraged to include them in the process. It can help them to feel connected to you both in life and in death, knowing that your arrangements reflect exactly what you envisioned them to be.

It takes the burden off of your family and friends.

When a loved one dies, the family faces an overwhelming number of tasks and decisions, all while struggling through grief and a range of difficult emotions. By taking care of your arrangements before the time of need, you’re relieving them of that burden and giving them more time and energy to focus on healing and remembrance. They won’t have to ask themselves, “Am I making the right choices?” since you have already made your wishes known.

In the State of New Jersey pre-need arrangements are not a contract that must be followed by the funeral home. Upon death your remains become the personal property if your family. They may alter the services in any way that they wish. While most families will abide by what you stated, there are times that is not the case. To assure that your wishes are carried out as you specified you may care to appoint a Funeral Agent in your Last Will and Testament. A Funeral Agent has full control of your funeral arrangements irregardless of what other family members care to do. To be binding a Funeral Agent must be specified when your attorney drafts your Last Will and Testament or by a Codicile to your Last Will and Testament.

If your wish is to be cremated all members of your family must agree with that decision and give written authorization at the time of your death. If there is any possibility that it may become an issue, a Funeral Agent is the best way to resolve that circumstance. A Funeral Agent is only permitted to carry out your funeral plans, they do not have any authority for anything else in your Last Will and Testament.

It gives you the ability to pre-pay, if you wish.

While pre-funding your funeral is certainly not required in order to pre-plan, pre-payment means that your funds will be set aside and protected against inflation and unforeseen increases in cost. Your family won’t have to worry about payment, and can enjoy peace of mind knowing that everything has been taken care of. We’d be happy to provide you with more information and help you arrange for pre-funding of your services.

What if I Move?

Once you create your pre-need plans with us, we store it in our files as a record of your final wishes and decisions. Your plan is easily transferable to any funeral home in the United States, so it can be used wherever you might choose to relocate.

Where Do I Start?

The first step is to review our Pre-Planning Checklist to help you consider all of your possibilities and gather all of the information you’ll need. Then, you can use our Pre-Planning Form to begin creating your personalized arrangements. You can also contact us to schedule a time to meet with a member of our staff to discuss your options and design your plan in person.

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