Prearrangement Information

Today, more people are recognizing that planning a funeral in advance of need demonstrates love and consideration toward their family members. It is a thoughtful decision that reduces the stress of indecision and uncertainty when a death occurs.

The following information has been prepared to answer some of the questions we frequently received about pre-arrangement.

Why do people prearrange a funeral service for themselves or a family member?

There are many good reasons. Some plan ahead because there will be no one who is capable of making responsible decisions. Others have definite preferences concerning their funeral service, and they want their families to be informed and involved in those decisions.

Many people prearrange because they like the peace of mind knowing there will be adequate funds to cover funeral expenses. Also, prepayment can provide you real benefits when applying for Medicaid in the US

Most importantly, pre-arrangement guarantees that rational decisions can be made ahead of time without the usual urgencies when death takes place.

What steps are involved?

After you determine your funeral preferences, we will explain your options and guide you in establishing your own plans. You should find the advice of your family, clergy and your funeral director especially helpful when considering the options. We will record certain vital information and gather documents for the required forms.

Next, you can select a casket, burial vault, and other merchandise associated with the services. Finally, you may pay for the services and merchandise ahead of time, and an account with the New England Funeral Trust will be established. This account is approved for Medicaid planning.

What will the prearranged funeral service cost?

The cost is a matter of your choice. All of your selections and options are featured in our itemized pricing guide. This guide provides factual information concerning each item and its price.

Funding the prearranged services is a choice most people make to ease possible financial pressures on their family. Prepaying allows you to pay for the funeral service at current prices. As you plan grows over time, it offsets inflation and should provide adequate funds or the future cost of the funeral.

We will explain our funding plans and assist you in arranging one that is most convenient and advantageous.

Knowledgeable Counsel... Peace of Mind

We will be pleased to meet with you at any time. In quiet privacy, we can provide attentive answers to your questions concerning prearrangement.

We take the time to carefully explain your choices and provde full information. As funeral directors, we frequently see how satisfied people are once major decisions are made and a payment method is established.

Model Consumer Protection Guidelines for State Preneed Funeral Statutes (pdf)

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