Preplanning or prearranging is making arrangements before the death occurs. It is a practical way of determining your exact wishes for a funeral in advance of the need. Preplanning provides the opportunity to record the instructions and wishes. Make thoughtful and informed choices about details that may include the type of service you feel appropriate, your preference of earth burial or cremation and the selection of products such as caskets, urns or vaults. Include details of special selections of music or readings to be included as your family and friends honour and reflect on your life.
Benefits of Preplanning
Preplanning is an important part of estate planning. It is not always easy to discuss our inevitable death with those who are close to us. You wishes can be as unique or as simple as you decide and by preplanning you can be assured they will be carried out. You can take all the time that you need to make informed decisions. We are frequently reminded by those who prearrange that there is comfort in knowing they have relieved the stress and emotional factors of making decisions at the time of death.
There may be circumstances when it is beneficial to preplan arrangements as a representative for a family member in your care. Occasionally, care facilities request confirmation that arrangements have been made prior to admittance.
Preplan or Prepay
There is absolutley no obligation to prepay when preplanning but more and more individuals feel that it is important to do so. There is comfort and security in knowing that these financial arrangements have been taken care of and will not be the responsibility of others in a stressful and emotional time. If you choose to pay in advance, all money is protected under provincial law and can be refundable or transferred if your situation changes. Today, several options are available to prepay. You may prefer to pay on a yearly or even monthly schedule, however in most circumstances, services that are prepaid in full guarantee that those same services will be provided with no additional cost when the contract is fulfilled.