There are certain things in life that are uncomfortable for us to talk about or deal with. The mysticism surrounding death is often the reason that we avoid discussion, yet death is a certainty and we will all have to face it at some point. Having an open discussion with friends and family regarding our wishes is not only prudent but healthy. While making our wishes known it is important to listen to family and friends on what they think they will need when that time comes. Prearranging a funeral, if nothing more, opens a dialog, about death. We can never gage how we are going to act no matter how anticipated, or unanticipated the death may be until that time comes. But, having an idea of what that person wanted often steers us as to how we can personalize the service with full realization that these decisions are intended for the living and that the survivors needs must be met.
Often times we are forced to think about these decisions. With the rising cost of health care and nursing home costs it can deplete one's savings forcing them to accept government help through Medicaid to pay for end of life care. Pre-paying a funeral expense is not only strongly advised but often times mandatory prior to Medicaid intervention. We will help individuals in these circumstances set up irrevocable trusts to pay for their funeral expenses. We also will set up revocable trusts for individuals who do not want to burden their family with the final funeral expenses.
When we sit with you to discuss your plans it is important that you realize that nothing is set in stone and that our discussion is merely an invitation to your family to finalize the funeral according to their needs.