For many, it feels like there’s an overwhelming amount of things to think about! But in all honesty, taking control of the important things in life just feels good; you know it's the right thing to do for you and your family.
Pre-planning versus pre-funding? I’ve heard both terms, what is the difference?
Pre-planning is much like it sounds, it is making the decisions of how you would like to be remembered. It allows you to make your wishes known to your loved ones and gives you the opportunity to create a unique celebration...just how you would have wanted it. Pre-funding is the next logical step in the planning process. Your loved ones will greatly appreciate you pre-planning as it alleviates questions like "I'm not sure what he would have wanted". However, knowing your choices still leaves a financial burden for those left behind. Pre-funding allows you to pay for your funeral plans, saving loved ones from incurring those costs. There are several different options of pre-funding your funeral which our pre-arrangement specialists will guide you through.
Can I move a previously planned arrangement?
Yes, your arrangements are yours and can be transferred. The process of pre-arranging is a benefit to you and your family... It's not a way to lock you into being served by a specific or particular funeral home or cemetery.
Do I need to purchase a burial vault?
In most areas of the country, state or local laws do not require that you buy a container to surround the casket in the grave. West Gate Funeral Home does require that you have such a container so that the ground will not sink and the safety of our visitors and staff is protected.
I’ve heard about mausoleum burials - what are the benefits?
People choose mausoleum crypts because they are both clean and dry. They offer a good alternative for those who prefer to not be interred in the ground.
Are there vaults for cremated remains?
Yes, we offer urn vaults, designed for in-ground burial of cremated remains. We have a wide selection available, so we are sure we can help you find a beautiful option that is a good fit for your taste and preferences.
Can two cremations be performed at once?
No. Not only is it illegal to do so, most modern cremation chambers are not of sufficient size to accommodate more than one adult.
Can the family witness the cremation?
Yes. Our cremation facility is set up to allow family members to be present when the body is placed into the cremation chamber. In fact, some religious groups include this as part of their funeral custom. As anything, this is a personal choice on whether you want to witness this event.
Laying the foundation for a well thought out plan for you or a loved one takes a bit of time, but, it's worth every moment spent. After all, you’re setting the stage for a more relaxed and enjoyable life, because you’ll have the peace-of-mind preparedness brings. Here’s what to do to get started:
- Prepare a contact list of individuals who should be notified in a medical emergency or death.
- Write an obituary or simply jot down information you would like included in an obituary.
- Decide where obituary and memorial information should appear.
Choose the type of service you would like including the burial you prefer and make those arrangements. You will need to decide:
- Cemetery lot location
- Casket type; cremation urn type
- Vault or sectional crypt
- Type of service: religious, military, non-denominational, or fraternal
- The contact details for the funeral home you designate to care for you
- Pallbearers, music, flowers, scripture or other readings
- Charity to receive donations in lieu of flowers, if donations are preferred
- Select the speakers and the eulogies that you would want to represent you.
- Decide what organizations or church will benefit from memorial donations in your name.
Arrange and Delegate
The people who know and care about you will be there when you need them. You only need to provide them with instructions, important financial details, and then relax. You’re in good hands.
- Give your Executor a copy of your Will. Safety deposit boxes are often opened up during the estate settlement process, long after the funeral. Any funeral planning documents therein can be of no help to your executor.
- Make sure your representative has a list of important account information or telephone numbers for retirement plans, insurance policies, investments, bank accounts, safe-deposit boxes, properties, preferred law and accountant firms and mortuaries. Remind your personal representative that the Social Security Administration will need to be called and, if you're receiving benefits such as those from the Veteran's Administration, they should be contacted as well.
- Designate a power of attorney to ensure that proper information can be accessed in the event of your illness or death. Make sure a durable power of attorney for health care and a living will are in place so that your wishes are carried out if you are unable to do so.
- Make arrangements for telephone and utilities services, and newspaper and magazine deliveries, to be cancelled.
- Cemetery and memorialization services
- Funeral arrangements, including clergy, florist and transportation
- Make arrangements for pets to find a new home.
You can also contact us for additional information. We're pleased to answer any questions you may have, without obligation.
We know that you may have other questions, so feel free to call us at anytime so that we can walk you your options and help you create the best possible plan for you.
(601) 445-2008 or (601) 786-0326