Have you thought about how you’d like to be remembered after you’re gone? Most people have, but few of us have any say in what our eventual memorial service looks like. That’s why Summit, NJ funeral homes like Bradley & Son Funeral Homes LLC offer advance planning directives – so you can make sure your wishes are incorporated and take the stress of funeral planning off your loved ones’ shoulders.
What Do I Need to Begin Advance Planning?
If you intend to make funeral, cremation, or memorial plans with our team, we’ll need legal documents including your birth certificate, plus information on your will and anyone you want to give legal power to if choices need to be made after you’re gone. If you want any organizations involved in your funeral, such as the US military or any professional organizations or unions, we should have copies of your membership or service records.
What Details Should I Know for Advance Planning?
This is up to you, but the more we know the better we can plan a memorial that matches your wishes. Many of our clients not only pick the casket or cremation urn, but minor details like what clothing they want to be wearing during the viewing and what flowers they want decorating the memorial room. If you have preferences for roles people will be playing during the service like speakers or pallbearers, write them down now and we’ll get in contact with them.
What If I Move?
Life happens, and we’re hoping there’s a lot of time for things to change after you make your advance planning with us. If you move to another state and wish to be buried in a local cemetery, we’ll send over your advance planning directive to that funeral home so they can carry it out in a new location. If you’ve moved to this area and have a directive with another funeral home, we’ll reach out to them to receive it.
How Do You Handle Advance Payment?
One of the biggest advantages of advance planning a funeral is that you can handle the payment with more flexibility instead of your heirs getting the bill. Many of our clients pay in installments over years, either fully paying off the bill or leaving only a small percentage to be paid after the funeral. This is an ideal option for anyone on a budget who worries about unpredictable finances years down the line.
What Will My Next of Kin Have to Do?
The main responsibility of the person you appoint to handle the planning after you’re gone will be to answer questions if anything isn’t as expected. We’ll make an effort to keep every element of your funeral available, but certain unpredictable elements like the restaurant you chose for catering closing are possible. In that case, we’ll provide alternatives close to the original and leave the final decision up to your heir.
Are you looking to get a jump-start on planning for your memorial with Summit, NJ funeral homes? Contact Bradley & Son Funeral Homes, LLC to get started. Visit us at our offices at 299 Morris Ave, Summit, NJ 07901, or reach us on our website or by phone at (908) 273-2323. We can also be found at our Union, Springfield, Whippany, or Chatham offices.