Three Myths About Preplanning

Top Three Myths About Preplanning

In life, we are almost always planning ahead for our future. Planning toward a personal goal or planning for the next phase of life. We set a plan so we can know where we’re headed. Planning relieves stress and answers many questions ahead of time. One thing people do not always plan for is their final arrangements. When a loved one unexpectedly passes away, you can expect family and friends to have conversations centered around questions such as:
What type of service did he want?
Where did she want to be buried?
Did he want traditional burial or cremation?

This is especially true if final wishes were not preplanned. Preplanning is a clear solution for Culpeper and Fredericksburg families. Some even call it a gift to friends and family who need time to grieve. But people sometimes hesitate to preplan, citing concerns like cost or flexibility. At Found and Sons Funeral Chapels & Cremation Service, we want to address the top three concerns, or “myths,” about preplanning, so you can clearly see the benefits and be able to make the right choice for you and your family.

1.) You are required to pay for your arrangements ahead of time.
This is definitely one of the biggest misconceptions about preplanning your funeral. While we do offer pre-payment options in order to make life less complicated when a loved one passes, prepaying is a choice and not a necessity. Preplanning can simply mean trusting us to keep your information and final wishes on file with our staff.

2.) Once you’ve planned with one funeral home, you’re locked into that choice.
Well, it depends on who you plan with. If you plan with us at Found and Sons, you can change your mind at any time. We understand that circumstances can change or people move, so we make our services and arrangements completely transferable.

3.) Preplanning leaves family and friends out of the planning process.
We strongly encourage you to include your family in preplanning, if they desire. While it’s better to make the big decisions in advance, many of the smaller details can wait until the time of need. For example, your loved ones might want to choose flowers and songs that will help celebrate your life and get them through this difficult time. For items that are important to you, you may want to discuss your preferences with your family in advance. Your loved ones will appreciate that you preplanned your final wishes, and they will not be left wondering what you really wanted.

We can help you with all these funeral options and make sure everything is done the way you want. Feel free to contact us with more questions about preplanning so we can continue to challenge the myths and prove there are only benefits.

How Much Does a Funeral Service Cost?

For many families, the need to plan a funeral comes unexpectedly. Complex arrangement decisions must be made during a most difficult time, and the cost of funeral services plays a large role in this planning process. Not surprisingly, most people are under the impression that funeral services cost more than they really do.

How much does a funeral actually cost? What is a reasonable price range for a dignified, appropriate tribute for the person who has died? Here at Found and Sons, we hear these questions from our Culpeper and Fredericksburg families, almost daily.

Such questions are hard to answer, because no two funerals are identical, and your personal preferences might make the cost higher (or lower). Overall, your final cost will be determined by three important considerations:

  1. The services you select.
  2. The cost of caskets, vaults, urns and other items.
  3. Clergy, honorarium, obituary costs, flowers and other incidentals that can add to the services.

At Found and Sons Funeral Chapels & Cremation Service, we offer many services that help make a funeral a personalized, dignified and healing experience. Some families choose one or two of these options, while others select multiple. You might prefer a traditional funeral, or an alternative ceremony. Memorial services are available at our funeral home, or at another location that has special meaning. There are choices concerning burial or other forms of interment, including cremation. Your decisions will determine the final cost, but you may be assured that we will give you detailed estimates for any of the options you choose.

The funeral products we make available to you give a wide range of choices in style and in price.  Your tastes may lean toward simplicity, or something more elaborate. For example, if you choose a traditional funeral with interment, you will need to purchase a burial vault and casket.  Families who prefer cremation will usually purchase an urn to hold the cremated remains.  These may then be retained, interred, scattered, or placed in a columbarium niche. Various costs are associated with each of these options.

If you have preplanned the funeral, the choices we have discussed above will already be made, and you will have received a complete list of all costs involved. For this reason, we encourage families to consider funeral preplanning, because you will make these important decisions at your leisure, when you have time to reflect on just the kind of funeral you want, and just how much you wish to pay. Prepaying the funeral service also protects your family from those unanticipated expenses we mentioned earlier.

So back to the question at hand…How much does a funeral really cost? To assist in your planning, we can provide a list of prices for many of the basic services that most families select.  Please be assured that our experienced staff will welcome your questions about our services and prices. Do not hesitate to discuss funeral costs with us. At Found and Sons, we believe you have a right to know exactly what costs are involved in the services you choose.