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Advance Planning Options

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Today, more people are recognizing that planning ahead provides peace of mind and demonstrates love and consideration for their families.

Preplanning helps to reduce or eliminate indecision, uncertainty and financial burden when death occurs. A carefully preplanned service can be the most comforting to your family, as it spares them from having to face decisions that can be both emotionally and financially difficult at the time of death. It can give them lasting peace of mind to know that they have acted in accordance with your wishes.

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Advance Planning also gives you the opportunity for the design of a personalized service. When someone dies, their family is sometimes surprised and comforted by the number of people who attend the funeral.

It is an inspiration to see at the end of someone’s life the countless number of lives they have touched. That is why we believe with proper planning, a funeral can be a time to grieve, to share, and to remember. Advance Planning can be discussed at any age and plans can be easily amended as your preferences or circumstances change.

How to Start the Advance Planning Conversation with Your Loved Ones…

“By planning ahead, we discovered that our parents had requests and idea’s that we would not have known. We are at peace knowing exactly what they want, so we can carry out their wishes when the time comes.”
– Jill S.

If you’ve made your own funeral and cemetery arrangements in advance, you know the relief you’ll provide your loved ones in the future. But how can you inform them of your plans without upsetting them by contemplating your death? Or, how can you let a loved one know that you’d like them to consider their own funeral and cemetery arrangements and share their plans with you? These conversations might seem tough to have, but they don’t need to be. What’s most important is that you have the conversation, not how you have it.

There are many different ways to begin the planning ahead conversation. You know your family and how your loved ones might best respond to the topic. For some families, it might be a casual conversation over dinner or another family gathering. For other families, a formal meeting might be better suited.

Regardless of your approach, the conversation is much easier to have when death is not imminent. Bringing up the subject with loved ones earlier in life makes the topic easier to discuss and keeps the focus on the legacy of one’s life, rather than an impending loss.

Tips to Starting the Conversation…

Here are some tips that may help you start the advance planning conversation with your loved ones:

  • Set a day to have the conversation. Schedule it as an appointment with your loved ones, whether you want to share your plans with them or ask them to make their plans to share with you.
  • Tell your parent or loved one that you want to ensure their final arrangements are done according to their wishes, and you need their help to make that happen.
  • Use the Personal Planning Guide offered by Beth Abraham Memorial Chapel. If you are planning your own arrangements, complete the guide and present it to your loved ones. If you are encouraging others to plan, present the guide to them and work through it together. Click here to request your copy.
  • Ease into the conversation. Questions such as “Have you ever thought about where you would like to be buried?” or “What type of funeral would you like to have?” may open the discussion to more details about your loved one’s wishes.
  • Take advantage of funeral-related opportunities. Attending the funeral of a friend, family member or colleague or watching a movie or television show with funeral scenes may naturally prompt the discussion with your own loved ones. Talk about what you liked or didn’t like about the services you saw or attended.
  • Tell your children or loved ones that because you care for them so much, you don’t want to burden them with difficult decisions when you’re gone. Tell them you’ve made your own final arrangements, and give them a written record of what they are.
  • Make it a family affair. Schedule an appointment with us and invite your children along to participate in the selection of services and merchandise.

Whether you’re sharing plans for your own final arrangements with loved ones, or encouraging loved ones to make and share their plans with you, the conversation about planning ahead is an important one that every family should have. While no one wants to think about their death or the death of a loved one any sooner than they must, having the conversation in advance alleviates the need for potentially more unpleasant or difficult conversations in the future.

10 Reasons To PrePlan

1. Guaranteed Price
All funeral home service charges, livery and merchandise items are price guaranteed as per the terms of the New York PRE PLAN contract.

2. Security
New York State Law requires 100% of your money be deposited in a special trust fund. All accounts are fully insured to the extent permitted by law by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).

3. Convenience
You can make preneed funeral arrangements in our funeral home or in the comfort, privacy and security of your own home. Flexible financing – up to 36 months – without finance charges.

4. Substantial Savings
You decide now what type of arrangements you want and how much you want to spend… at a time when decisions will be made calmly and intelligently.

5. Transferability
In the event you move from our neighborhood, your preneed funeral contract is transferable to any of our worldwide affiliated funeral homes.

6. Modification
You can modify your preneed funeral contract at any time … without penalty.

7. No Health or Age Restrictions
Our preneed program is not insurance funded. You can participate in this program regardless of your age or health status.

8. Our dedicated Pre-need counselors
Our professional counselors are dedicated exclusively to serving the needs of preneed families … we will explain all of your options and benefits in a relaxed, stress-free environment.

9. Eliminate Doubts
Spare your family the emotional stress of making decisions during a difficult time. A preneed funeral arrangement records your exact wishes – consider it the final gift for those you love.

10. Peace of Mind
Responsible estate planning requires many considerations. Life insurance proceeds provide supplemental survivor income and may be necessary for unpaid medical and legal expenses. Your Will distributes your estate according to your instructions. A preneed funeral contract offers your family inflation protection. Also, you’ll be secure in knowing that you have spared your loved ones added stress, worry, anxiety and expense by prearranging your funeral in writing.

PrePlan™…

The people who love you will be there for you to the end. Here’s a way to make it easier on them. With PrePlan™, you can arrange and pay for the funeral that someone is going to have to plan and pay for. PrePlan makes it easier on the people who love you. Thousands have relied on PrePlan since its inception in 1988.

PrePlan assures choice, confidence, comfort and convenience with the safety and the peace of mind to know that your investment is safe in FDIC insured securities.

New York PrePlan™ Features…

  • Your account is administered by the New York State Funeral Directors Association and supervised by the New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Funeral Directing.
  • An individual account is held in the purchaser’s name, and insured by the FDIC.
  • Revocable contracts are fully refundable to purchaser with all accrued interest.
  • Irrevocable contracts can be written to comply with NY State regulations regarding SSI/Medicaid eligibility.
  • Irrevocable contracts can be transferred to any funeral provider in the USA.
  • PrePlan prices are guaranteed if the contract has been paid in full (excluding cash advance items). The PrePlan™ account earns a very competitive rate of interest which enables us to guarantee the price of a funeral by using the interest to cover future increases in our costs.

Personal Guidance…

At Beth Abraham, our directors are personally involved with each pre-arrangement. When allowing us to discuss pre-planning, you will be speaking with professional people who provide funeral services tailored to your specific needs. We can arrange for a confidential PrePlan conference, at your convenience, with a member of our staff. There is no charge and no obligation for this meeting.

PrePlan allows you to make all of your final arrangements ahead of time – including payment – so that the people who love you won’t have to. PrePlan makes preplanning simple and safe. This is how it works:

  1. You meet with our funeral director.
  2. You select the funeral and merchandise of your choice.
  3. You receive a fully itemized statement and preneed agreement.
  4. You give the funeral director a check payable to PrePlan.
  5. PrePlan funds are placed in FDIC-insured Certificates of Deposit held in a New York financial institution. Each trust fund depositor is insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
  6. You receive a deposit acknowledgment after the account has been opened.
  7. Upon completion of your funeral, PrePlan sends the payment to the funeral director.

Contact Us today to discuss your Advanced Planning needs.


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