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Facts You Should Expect When Picking Funeral Packages

Being the individual with responsibility for making arrangements when a close family member dies can be stressful and emotional. It is a unique experience every time someone has to take on this responsibility. However, it can be much easier if the deceased has taken time to investigate funeral packages and set up their own plan.

Pre-planning allows you to state what you want to happen in the event of your death. You can plan the type of service, the flowers, the music and whether you wish a burial or a cremation. It makes it easier on the family left behind and eliminates the potential for conflict as your wishes are recorded and will be used to dictate what is to happen.

If there is a family plot available, you can specify that you want to be buried in that grave. However, you should discuss and agree with family members that you have their approval to do so. Alternatively, you can instruct the funeral director to purchase a plot on your behalf.

Pre-paid plans are available, or the alternative is to put money into a savings account or insurance policy until it is required. There is the possibility that prices will increase rather than come down before the account has to be paid in full. It is advisable to reassess your costs and arrangements every couple of years.

Your contract for a pre-payment plan should be read in detail. It should contain clauses setting out how any potential increases will affect your plan. The contract should also spell out how your cash will be invested and safeguarded until it is needed.

The legal requirements set out by the state for the selling funeral packages vary from one state to another. Prior to paying money into a fund it is advisable to check the rules applicable in the state you reside in.


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