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What Does it Mean to Make a Pre-arrangement?

Published: January 31, 2022

What does it mean to make a pre-arrangement?

What is a pre-arrangement:

This is when you meet with a funeral home and talk through your final wishes before the time of need. It can allow you to lock in current prices and provide peace of mind for yourself and your loved ones with a fully funded pre-arrangement.

Why is a pre-arrangement useful:

  • Allows you to record your final wishes
  • Allows more time to decide on what you want
  • Appointment of another
  • Partial payment allowed depending on funeral home
  • Travel protection plan in a preneed

By making a pre-arrangement, it allows you to record all of your final wishes in one place. A copy of your paperwork will be kept at the funeral home so that when the time comes to plan the funeral, your family can be assured they are honoring your choices. Writing down your wishes before death becomes imminent allows for more time to explore options and discuss those wishes with family members. While creating a pre-arrangement, you can also complete an appointment of another where you choose who will be in charge of carrying out your wishes. This will make it so you have control over the person in charge of your funeral instead of following the next of kin order. For those who travel, pre-arrangements can include a travel protection plan. Through the protection plan, the cost of transportation of mortal or cremated remains are covered and facilitated by the emergency services management company, such as International Emergency Assistance (IEA).

Some funeral homes allow for partial payment to be made or no payments down on pre-arrangements.

What information do you need for a pre-arrangement:

  • Personal information
  • Cremation vs Burial
  • Religious preferences
  • Final resting place
  • Charitable contribution
  • Service preferences
  • If applicable- Military information for: NOAA, United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, Armed Services

In a pre-arrangement appointment, there are several questions that will be asked. Some families choose to fill out the online pre-arrangement form so that they can collect information and make decisions on their own time before coming in for an appointment. If you choose to do this, you will have already provided information such as your birthday, place of birth, parents names and marital status. Then you will provide work and education information, requests for the funeral service, final disposition, and military information if applicable.

During a pre-arrangement appointment, the funeral direction will ask whether burial or cremation has been chosen. They will ask about a final resting place, religious preferences, and service requests such as a graveside funeral or a visitation. For individuals who served in the military, they will ask for a copy of the discharge paperwork. This will allow the funeral home to prove military status at the time of death and request military honors.

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