What is advance planning?
Advance planning is a general term used to define funeral arrangements that are made in advance of your own or someone else's death. Advance planning, pre-need planning and preplanning are often used interchangeably and are synonymous. At any time, a funeral director is available to sit down with you and support you in creating a fitting memorial for you or someone you love.
During your advanced planning session, you can expect to record the same biographical information you would record during at-need arrangements. One of the benefits of advance planning is that it affords an individual or family the opportunity to research names, dates, places, etc. and record them at a time free of grief or other stressors. At this time, you may be general in your arrangements ("I know I want to use your funeral home, and I know I want to be cremated," or "I know I want to be entombed next to my wife at ABC Mausoleum.") or very specific ("I have always loved wood caskets. I want LMN casket with a spray of red and yellow Gerber daisies, and I want to be buried at XYZ cemetery with full military honors.") You may make decisions about everything from musical selections to personalization. ("When I die, make sure you display my Packers stuff!" or "I want to showcase my quilts, dancing shoes, etc.") There is no cost to preplan your funeral, though many individuals do elect to prefund their arrangements
What is prefunding and how does it work?
After working a lifetime to provide for yourself and your family, there is increasing potential for your assets to be significantly depleted if you have not pre-paid for funeral expenses, and as the costs associated with death and dying continue to rise, many individuals and families elect to prefund their funerals in order to protect their assets and to relieve their loved ones of the burden of financial responsibility.
There are several options available to you for pre-funding a funeral. Our Director of Family Services, Ron Nelson, will be happy to meet with you and help you determine which options are best suited for your needs and preference.
Meet Ron Nelson
Ron Nelson has been a Kenosha County resident for over twenty years. He has served his community as Director of Family Services with Piasecki-Althaus Funeral Home since May of 2004, and is a licensed intermediary and agent for burial trust agreements. He attends Immanuel Baptist Church and is president of the Kenosha Rotary Club. Married to his bride, Beverly, for almost thirty years, they have two beautiful daughters. Ron enjoys his work and is grateful to support families in preplanning for the future to save your family from emotional and financial stress of dealing with the loss of a loved one.
Please contact us with any questions, concerns, or to make an appointment to preplan a funeral.