ARE YOU MISSING A KEY PART OF YOUR ESTATE PLANNING?
There are many important factors to consider when getting your estate plan in order. Some of the most common things that come to mind are making sure your will and life insurance policies are up to date. Many families though, fail to consider planning for their memorialization. Pre-arranging your final arrangements is one of the most considerate and practical plans you can make. You relieve your family of emotional and financial stress at their time of grief; make choices with which you’re comfortable; and you save a substantial amount of money.
Thomas A. Habitz, General Manager of Glen Eden Memorial Park, speaks of the benefits of pre-planning. “We see it everyday,” says Mr. Habitz, “families who have pre-planned are able to focus on their emotional needs rather than worry about the details and financial decisions of memorialization.”
Having counseled families for decades, Mr. Habitz has developed a list of the most common questions families ask about pre-planning. After reading them, you’ll probably find pre-planning is right for you, too.
Planning ahead for when you’re gone is certainly not a new concept. You probably already have a will and life insurance policy. Perhaps the number one reason to pre-plan your memorialization is to relieve your family of difficult decisions in their time of grief. And, when you pre-plan you can take the time to make decisions you are comfortable with, about the setting, the options and how much to spend.
Everyone wants to be remembered, and a permanent memorial acknowledges one’s life. Christians strongly believe in families and a permanent tribute provides future generations a setting to remember loved ones and reflect on family history.
Absolutely! Your family will not be faced with the uncertainty of whether or not they are carrying out your wishes. Pre-planning also helps avoid “emotional overspending,” an expensive situation many families face when they need to make immediate decisions at a highly stressful time.
Pre-planning protects your family from future price increases, conserving their financial resources. Zero interest financing is also available.
The only way to ensure your purchase is to pre-plan with a cemetery that places a portion of your grave, crypt or niche purchase in an endowment trust fund that pays for the perpetual maintenance of the cemetery and places the full purchase of your interment service in an escrow account to be accessed at the time of need. The principle of your interment service purchase plus interest is fully refundable.
Often the truly spiritual setting of a religiously affiliated cemetery provides comfort as well as the beliefs and traditions with which your family is familiar.
Cremation is a popular choice for its simplicity, dignity and affordability. Yet there are still many decisions to be made regarding your memorialization. Cremated remains may be placed in a traditional burial plot or above ground in a mausoleum niche. Many families select a glass niche to display personal mementos for a truly personalized tribute. If scattering is your choice, cenotaph plaques memorialize loved ones whose remains are located elsewhere. Affordable and permanent, a cenotaph plaque gives friends and family a place to visit and a focal point for remembrance.
A memorial is a personal reflection of one’s life. Preplanning gives you and your family the time to think about and discuss the memorialization that will be most meaningful.
Glen Eden’s Memorial Advisors provide caring and professional guidance, fully and clearly explaining all of your options. We offer you the experience of having worked with virtually every family preference and individual situation. We’ll guide you through the selection process so you’ll feel certain you’ve made the choices that are right for you and your family.