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Bradshaw PrePlan refers to the process and many options available to those who wish to make funeral or cremation plans in advance. The process of planning ahead includes (1) making decisions regarding the type of services an individual prefers and (2) whether or not to put funds aside designated specifically to cover the costs of final services.
Why plan and pay ahead?
Planning a memorial or funeral service within hours of a death can be a very difficult experience. There are many details to attend to, and critical decisions must be made, at a time when people are least able to make them.
Planning a memorial or funeral service ahead of time removes much of the burden from your family.
When you plan your memorial or funeral service in advance, or that of another family member, you have an opportunity to involve other family members and discuss your wishes with them. And, it allows you and your family the time to arrange for special and unique ways to acknowledge your life, or the life of a family member. Once the plans are made, this information can be put on file with your funeral director.
When planning ahead it is also important to decide if you should set aside money to pay for the memorial or funeral service. There are three primary benefits for paying a memorial or funeral service ahead of time.