Everything You Need to Know About Prepaid Funeral Plans

Losing someone you love can be very painful. Planning your funeral in advance makes it easier on your family. In fact, one of the greatest gifts you can give your loved ones is planning and funding final arrangements in advance, but not everyone understands how prepaid funerals work. We're here to help.

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Celebrating the details that make a life unique.

When we remember someone, it’s not the big things we miss most. It’s all the irreplaceable little things that made them special.

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Imagine funeral planning differently

A celebration of life should be a one-of-a-kind event that speaks to what makes a person special. Everyone has a story—and a million tiny things that make them unforgettable. Imagine: A Memorial Inspiration Guide is filled with ideas for creating a beautiful remembrance for yourself or a loved one. Download Imagine to begin planning a memorial like no other.

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Financial protection for your family

When you plan ahead, you get to carefully consider your options and make choices that ensure that your life is remembered and celebrated the way that you want—but you also lock in today’s prices and protect your family from worrying about money.



Breaking down costs and options

When it comes to planning and funding a funeral in advance, there are options—and some are better than others. Considering all the choices can get confusing, but a professional planner will take the time to get to know you and carefully explain what you need to understand.



Planning ahead is a loving gesture

As a parent or partner, you will give your loved ones many gifts. A lifetime of presents may include everything from a birthday puppy to a college education, a dream vacation to a listening ear. But the next time you want to give them something special, consider planning your funeral ahead of time.



Plan a celebration of your unique life

Each person is one of a kind. We all like different things and have different life experiences—and funerals can be as individual as the lives they honor. When you plan ahead, you get to decide right down to the smallest detail how you'd like your service, whether a traditional funeral, a contemporary celebration of life or a cremation memorial. We consider every little thing to create a fitting tribute that reflects your values, character and traditions, no matter what they may be.

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