Thinking about your own death isn’t something most people
prefer to dwell on. But it is something we encourage people to do. As much as
we’d like to put it out of our minds, death is something that will happen to us
all at one time or another. Thinking about your own funeral will help you
figure out what your final wishes will be. But actually preplanning, or
recording your arrangement preferences and vital information in advance, will
alleviate your family from having to go through the planning process and make a
long list of decisions themselves.
Miller-Jones Mortuary & Crematory has helped many
individuals with advanced planning over the decades. We’ve answered some of the
questions we hear the most to help people understand the benefits that
preplanning can provide.
1. Why should I preplan?
End of life planning frees your loved ones from
the financial and logistical stresses of having to do it themselves during an
already emotionally painful time. But there are more benefits than that:
It’s your funeral, right? Preplanning lets you
say goodbye in a way that reflects your wishes, your personality, and your
You save money. By prepaying for your funeral,
you give a priceless gift to your family. It also guarantees you won’t have to
pay inflated prices years or even decades in the future.
Advance planning helps prevent disagreements
between family members. Oftentimes we see families have very different ideas of
what their loved one would have wanted.
Preplanning prevents overspending. Grief can
cause people to spend more than they normally would or are able to.
Preplanning gives so much more than a funeral. By
taking off the burden of planning and paying for your services, you give them
more time and space to be with the people they love.
2. Why would I plan my funeral when I’m not sick
Before it’s too late is always the best time to
plan your final arrangements. When you plan when you’re of able mind and body,
you can make better, rational decisions. It allows you more time to think about
your options, to discuss them with your loved ones, and to make any changes
down the road. Again, we can’t know when we will pass. But we can have peace of
mind knowing everything is already taken care of.
3. How do I know my wishes will be carried out?
When you make your plan, you have the option to
choose whether or not your family is authorized to change your funeral plan. When
you complete your pre-arrangement forms, a permanent file is kept safe with Miller-Jones.
When you die, one of our funeral directors will share your plan with your
4. What happens to my plan if I move?
Changing over an advanced arrangements policy
to another funeral home, whether they’re in the same town or out of state, is
actually simple. When you create your policy, it belongs to you. Just inform
the new funeral home of your existing plan and apply for a transfer. When you
pre-pay, the funds are held by an insurance company by law. This protects you
in the event the funeral home closes or you or your family relocates.
5. How much does preplanning cost?
The cost of preplanning depends
completely on what kind of funeral services you choose. At Miller-Jones, we
have a wide range of cremation and burial service options that vary in pricing.
We always recommend that families schedule an appointment with one of our
preplanning counselors to get a customized cost estimate that is specific to
6. What if
I’m not sure what I want?
counselor will guide you through your options and help you choose the options that
are right for you, your family’s needs, and your budget. We give you all the
time you need to think about it. We know these are important decisions, and we
never want you to feel rushed.
preplanning cover cremation?
preplanning covers every type of interment (or the final handling of remains).
Whether you choose a simple cremation plan, a traditional funeral with
cremation, or any type of service in between, planning ahead makes sure the
financial responsibility is taken care of and communicates your wishes.
At Miller-Jones, we believe the preplanning process should
be convenient and make families feel as comfortable as possible. Families can
choose to have one of our advisors come to their home, or meet at one of our
five funeral home locations throughout Riverside County. If you prefer, we have
remote appointment options via Zoom or over the phone. You can even get
started planning online.
If you’d like to learn more about advanced planning, call us at (951) 658-3161..
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