No one likes to think about death, let alone plan for it. In many families, discussing one’s mortality is an extremely uncomfortable topic. But it is a topic that should be discussed and planned for well in advance of your death.

By pre-planning your funeral, you relieve your family of having to make important financial decisions during a period of great stress and grief at a time when people aren’t thinking very clearly and may not know what to do because you never made your wishes known. It is important to realize that the ritual of a funeral and/or memorial service isn’t for the deceased but for the living. It is a time when friends and family can gather together to grieve openly and to provide support for one another.

Pre-planning your funeral can be as simple or complicated as you wish to make it. When it is done properly, you will have peace of mind in knowing that your arrangements are ready and pre-funded— taking the burden away from your loved ones.

Steve Gerding is the Pre-Planning Specialist at Elmwood Chapel. Some of the areas they will discuss with you will be:

  • making all the arrangements during time when emotions are at ease and not leave them to your family during their time of grief
  • making your wishes known
  • controlling the cost of your funeral and protection from inflation
  • helping to organize personal records to make things easier for your survivors
  • looking at ways to protect your insurance so that it provides for your survivors
  • providing a plan in case the need arises before it is expected
  • answering all of your other Pre-Need questions

All you need to do is contact us by phone, (219) 365-3474 – St. John location, (773) 731-2749 – East Side location, (219) 374-9300 – Cedar Lake location or email us.