Funeral Pre-Planning Guide

Pre-planning a funeral is undoubtedly one of the biggest and most important decisions you will make in your lifetime. Whether it is for you or a loved one, the first step is obtaining all the necessary information to make an informed decision.


Importance of Pre-Planning Your Funeral

We understand that funeral planning can be challenging to discuss with your family. However, that doesn't mean that it should be avoided altogether. To properly honor your life, they need to know your funeral preferences.


With pre-planning, you can organize your funeral wishes and get to know your loved ones a little better in the process. For example, you decide whether you want to be buried or cremated. And for funeral personalization, you and loved ones can ask each other questions about your passions and maybe learn something new about one another.


You also can pre-pay for your funeral when pre-planning your funeral preferences. This way, it's one more thing that's taken care of, and your loved ones don't have to worry about it when the time comes.


Benefits of Funeral Pre-Planning

The funeral should be a time for your loved ones to honor your life and begin their grief journeys together, not for feeling overwhelmed by funeral planning or worrying about how they will pay for the funeral expenses.


By pre-planning your funeral wishes, you give yourself and your loved ones peace of mind knowing that it's taken care of. Then, when the time comes, they can focus on grieving rather than stressing over the funeral plans.


Pre-planning also lets you have a say in how you want to be remembered. You can decide your funeral service type, like whether you want something more traditional or a more personalized celebration of life ceremony. For example, if you're an avid cook, see if your favorite restaurant can cater the service. Or, if you want something more unique, see if the restaurant will host the funeral reception. With pre-planning, you remain in control of your funeral service and how you want to be remembered.


When to Pre-Plan Your Funeral

Although we want to say that you should pre-plan your funeral now, you should do it when you're mentally and emotionally prepared to plan a funeral. However, since death can be an uncomfortable topic, you may never feel completely ready to take on this task, but it still needs to be done.


Another factor that plays a role when your funeral planning is your loved ones. To prevent your spouse, children, or other loved ones from taking on the financial and emotional burdens of funeral planning, you can pre-plan your funeral and express these wishes to them. When the time comes, they'll be grateful that everything is already planned out and can focus on coping with their grief and honoring their life.


You can make all your funeral decisions at once by pre-paying and pre-planning your funeral. This way, you have more time to choose the funeral details and payment option that is right for you. And, if you change your mind, you can adjust your funeral plans anytime. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions regarding funeral planning or adjusting your current plans.


Pre-Paying Options

You relieve your loved ones of that financial burden by pre-paying for your funeral. If you cannot make a single payment, there are several alternative funeral payment options. Our staff is here to help you find the right payment option for your financial situation.


Pre-paying also protects your family from any future inflationary trends. You can rest assured that your funeral cost will stay the same, no matter the rising inflation costs. Pre-Paying also saves you and your family money in the long run, and instead, those saved funds could be put toward a memorial or donation to a charity you're passionate about.


No matter your financial situation, our staff has the knowledge and experience to plan a funeral for all budgets. Whether it's an elaborate celebration of life or a more intimate, simple service, we're here to help. Please get in touch with us to discuss your funeral pre-payment options.


Funeral Pre-Planning Checklist

If you're interested in end-of-life planning, we suggest you begin the process by reading our funeral pre-planning checklist.

Read Our Funeral Pre-Planning Checklist

Working with John A. Gentleman Mortuaries & Crematory

Our staff at John A. Gentleman Mortuaries & Crematory are happy to help you pre-plan a funeral service that honors your life and will help your loved ones on their grief journeys. We’re proud to serve the Omaha area and look forward to many more years of honoring lives and supporting those who are grieving.


When working with our caring and knowledgeable staff, they will help you craft a funeral service that truly reflects who you are. By learning your interests and the little details about you, they can assist you in pre-planning a personalized funeral that fits your wants and needs.


If you have any questions or are ready to start pre-planning your funeral, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. One of our staff members will be happy to help you start this process and discuss your funeral pre-planning and pre-paying options.

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