Planning ahead can be as simple as writing down your likes and dislikes, or it can be a detailed account of how you want funeral or cremation arrangements to be handled. To some people, planning ahead can also include setting aside some resources in a trust account or an insurance policy to cover the costs. And to others, considering future arrangements may also help qualify someone seeking Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income. No matter how little or how much planning you do, it’s worth the effort.
Looking into the issue today gives you the chance to become an informed consumer. You’ll be able to make sensible choices based on knowledge rather than emotion. When you investigate service options, ask questions and insist on thorough, definitive answers – before signing any agreement.
Some General Questions That Require Answers
- Am I comfortable with the funeral home staff?
ASK THE FUNERAL HOME:
- How do you your prices compare with other funeral homes?
- What are the funeral home requirements for the services I’ve selected?
- What are the legal requirements for the services I’ve selected?
- If I arranged a service with another funeral home and now I want you to handle the services, can I transfer my pre-arrangements?
- What happens if I move?
- What happens if you go out of business?
- Is this funeral home a publicly held corporation?