Pre Planning with Anthony Funeral Homes
Pre-need funerals have become a popular choice for people who want to make their funeral arrangements prior to their death. Pre-need, or pre-paid funerals as they are sometimes called, can be set up in one of two ways. A person can either make the funeral arrangements and the funeral can be paid for after their death, or a person can set up an irrevocable trust, which guarantees the price of the funeral until the person's death. The key advantage to a pre-need funeral is that it takes some of the burden away from the family, during a time where they would normally be required to make funeral arrangements. It also allows a person to ensure that his or her funeral is planned exactly as he or she would like to have it.
Why plan ahead?
Funeral arrangements often times take place within 24 hours of the loss of a loved one. Pre-planning for the funeral allows families that precious time needed to make decisions regarding funeral options without the emotional stress related to the loss. The act of pre-planning also allows for one to ease the burden regarding decisions and to make their personal wishes known.
How do I start?
Starting the pre-planning process can be as easy as your first phone call. Our funeral director will lead you through the pre-arrangement process. You can rest assured that our staff is attentive to your every need. We will answer any question that you might have and will never pressure you into any decisions.
Do I have to pre-pay?
The most important part of the planning process is just that, planning. You will be given the option of pre-paying, paying over time, or not paying and just making your wishes known.
What are the benefits of Pre-paying?
Like the cost of everything, the cost of funeral services go up over time. By pre-paying the funeral, you will have the peace of mind knowing that everything is taken care of and that your family will not have to worry about financial matters in their time of grief.
What happens if I change my mind or I move?
When you pre-pay your funeral expenses, the monies collected will be place into a revocable trust. You can change your mind and cash your money out at any time. If you move the money is fully transferable to any funeral home. If you have gone on Medicaid and the money was placed in an Irrevocable trust, the money may not be cashed out. But if you move away, the account can be transferred to funeral home in your area.
Why should I pre-plan when applying for SSI/Medicaid?
By pre-planning during the application process for SSI/Medicaid you will have the opportunity to plan and pay for a funeral out of your own funds, ensuring that the funeral services are to your exact wishes. If you wait until the funds are exhausted and you are relying on the Medicaid benefit to pay for your funeral, the Medicaid benefit is very limited and may not provide for the services you wish for.
Do I have to come to the funeral home?
Our funeral directors will accommodate you, whatever the need. Basic arrangements can be done at the funeral home, by phone and mail, and yes, we even make house calls.