Pre-Planning Frequently Asked Questions

Pike-Newhall Funeral Home & Cremation Services - Gloucester, MA What is pre-planning, or pre-arrangement?
When you plan in advance, you are making choices now based on your wishes as to how your final arrangements will be carried out. Thus, you can reduce family concerns at the time of your death.

Pike-Newhall Funeral Home & Cremation Services - Gloucester, MA What do I need to do to preplan?
At your convenience, you can meet with a member of our staff to discuss your options and your preferences. When you make arrangements in advance, you’ll want to consider your site of choice, the committal service, and the type of permanent memorial. By making some or all of these decisions now, you give your family peace of mind, and also benefit financially..

Pike-Newhall Funeral Home & Cremation Services - Gloucester, MA Can funeral arrangements be planned and, if desired, prepaid in advance?
Yes they can. Referred to as preplanning or prearranging, many people find that preplanning gives them peace of mind knowing that their wishes will be respected and the burden lessened on their family at the time of their death. Others find that they need to protect their assets from the state and assure that their funeral expenses will be taken care of. Preplanning your funeral consists of meeting with the funeral home of your choice to allow them to gather biographical information for a death certificate as well as any information you would like included in obituary notices. At this time you can also choose the type of service desired, the type of casket, concrete outer burial container or cremation urn. Once your prearrangements are made, you may prepay your funeral to secure the price at today's cost. The interest that accumulates on your funds is then used to offset inflation. At the Perry Funeral Home & Cremation Service, we work with the New England Funeral Trust. We guarantee that your funeral funds will be secure and protected.

Pike-Newhall Funeral Home & Cremation Services - Gloucester, MA What will happen to my prepaid arrangements should I decide to move?
Most prepaid arrangements are established using an irrevocable contract to protect the funds from being acquired by the State, the funeral home or the family before the death occurs. Your arrangements, however, are easily transferred to another funeral home should you decide to leave the area.

Pike-Newhall Funeral Home & Cremation Services - Gloucester, MA What is the difference between prepaying and preplanning?
When you preplan, you do not need to pay for everything in advance—your legal representative pays for the services at the rates being charged when your funeral is held. We’ll be happy to discuss these options with you and help you make a decision that best suits your needs.

Pike-Newhall Funeral Home & Cremation Services - Gloucester, MA Where does the money go that I prepay into a plan?
Once your prearrangements are made, you may prepay your funeral to secure the price at today's cost. The interest that accumulates on your funds is then used to offset inflation. We work with the New England Funeral Trust. We guarantee that your funeral funds will be secure and protected.

Pike-Newhall Funeral Home & Cremation Services - Gloucester, MA What are the benifits of pre-panning?

  • Peace of mind
  • Relieve your survivors from the financial responsibility of funeral expenses
  • Avoid possible future conflict among family members by stating your wishes in advance
  • When the time comes, your family can bypass the administrative responsibilities and focus on the importance of being there for one another
  • Choices can be made without the emotional strain and time constraints present at the time of death
  • Planning for the future changes your perspective and helps you make the most of every day
  • Your funeral plan is completely transferable. If you move out of state your funeral plan can be transferred without penalty to another funeral home. (If you pass away in another state and still plan on having services with us in Massachusetts, your family would still call us first at the time of death.)

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