Thinking about a funeral is understandably not something you want to do if you don’t have to. As such, we avoid it. It’s hard to confront our own mortality and denying it is probably necessary to make everyday living enjoyable. However, if you aren’t prepared, you might wind up paying a sum you hadn’t planned on, and which few families can easily afford. By preplanning with Reading, PA funeral homes, you’ll thankfully be able to avoid such a fate.
Think of a funeral with a budget in mind. When planning on a financial level, you normally go over the goods and services you’ll need and the unnecessary things that you can avoid putting your money into, right? The same is true of a funeral. While most people think about a funeral as an expense that’s more or less set in stone, this isn’t actually true. The preplanning process will allow you to see a list of the goods and services you may or may not need and give you more options to plan for the funeral that you want.
For example, suppose you want to have a cremation after holding a traditional funeral service. The preplanning process would allow you to see the most cost-effective ways to do this, such as the ways in which you can rent a casket instead of purchasing one for the funeral ceremony, which can save thousands of dollars all on its own.
On the other hand, if you want to have a full service funeral, you would be able to find the least expensive ways to get a casket, gravestone, and the other goods you would need to complete the process.
At the end of this process, a contract will be agreed upon between you and the funeral home. Money may or may not be exchanged at this time. If it is exchanged, make sure you know where the money is going to be kept and for what purpose it will be used. The contract will be executed in the aftermath of a death, allowing funeral plans to go ahead seamlessly and with little opportunity to add more stress to grieving family members, which is a reward in itself.
If you have decided that you are better off pre-planning your services, contact a Reading, PA funeral home with experience in both types of funeral services so you can make a final decision after you have all of the information. Give Whelan Schwartz Funeral Home a call at (610) 374-0962 and we can answer your questions over the phone, or you can visit us at 444 N 9th St. Reading, PA 19601 so we can go over details in person. We understand planning a funeral for yourself isn’t pleasant, but when you think of your family members and what they will be going through in the event of your passing, pre-planning with them in mind is a great gift. They will have nothing to worry about but spending time with one another as the plans you put into place take action.