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What To Expect When Choosing Funeral Service Packages

Being the individual with responsibility for making arrangements when a close family member dies can be stressful and emotional. It is a unique experience every time someone has to take on this responsibility. However, it can be much easier if the deceased has taken time to investigate funeral packages and set up their own plan.

If you choose to make your own plans you have the opportunity to have your wishes carried out precisely. You can make as many of the decisions or as little as you want. You can specify the flowers, the music, the type of casket and how your remains are to be disposed off. Choosing whether to bury, inter or cremate is often the subject of debate and disagreement between family members.

A family plot in a cemetery may not be large enough for all the family members. Families need to be part of an informed discussion as to who will be buried in the family plot. If a burial plot or a vault is required the funeral director can be instructed to make the arrangements.

You may choose to pay for your arrangements in advance, or you can set money aside to be paid after the event. However keep in mind that prices are more likely to increase in the intervening years than decrease. You should review the costs and your arrangements every few years.

Your contract for a pre-payment plan should be read in detail. It should contain clauses setting out how any potential increases will affect your plan. The contract should also spell out how your cash will be invested and safeguarded until it is needed.

State regulations govern the sale of funeral packages and how the funds are invested and protected. Before signing up to a pre-payment plan individuals should be familiar with the rules that apply in their home state.


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