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We've already written about the benefits of planning ahead for life's major (and minor) events. Certainly, making end-of-life plans ahead of time saves your family the emotional wear-and-tear of arranging cremation services after your passing (when hearts are heavy and emotions are strong). Not only that, prepaid cremation gives you the opportunity to make critical decisions when you are calm and focused. And there's this: when pre-planning cremation, you can even save money by selecting one of our prepaid cremation plans.
Putting pen to paper in the effort to record your cremation intention is one way to ensure your final wishes will be carried out by your survivors; but paying for cremation services ahead of time can do even more to guarantee your intentions (and save you money at the same time). However, there are some things you should be aware of when you purchase a prepaid cremation plan. Naturally, we believe prepaid cremation offers individuals an abundance of benefits; but you really should do your "due diligence" before putting any money on the table.
A prepaid cremation plan is basically a contract for the future delivery of specific cremation services and related merchandise, which also features a funding instrument in place to pay for the goods and services. Each state has specific laws relating to prepaid funeral and cremation plans, but as a general rule, the funeral home or cremation provider will place a percentage of the plan payment in a state-regulated trust fund. Another option to insure the proper handling of prepaid funds involves the purchase of a life insurance policy with benefits assigned to the funeral home or cremation services provider. And in some cases, these prepaid contracts guarantee the price of the goods and services will cost no more upon delivery than what was paid for at the time the contract was signed.
Unfortunately, there's a great deal of misunderstanding about prepaid cremation plans, which compels us to bring a few important points to your attention. When you make the decision to purchase a cremation plan and pay for it in advance, you should always:
While we urge you to investigate all your prepaid cremation plan options thoroughly before signing anything, we'd also like to ask that you include our firm in your inquiries. We do so for a reason: we know that each of our cremation plans provides the most value for the dollar. After all, the quality of our cremation services is unmatched, and the professionalism of our staff is extraordinary. When you sign a pre-paid cremation contract with us, you'll do so with the certainty you've made the right choice. When you're ready, call us at 1-866-748-3625.
Let's be honest; if someone were to ask you, "what's the benefit of planning ahead?" you'd probably answer quite simply: "it helps prevent mistakes". It's true in all areas of our lives; when we take the time to plan ahead, we can save ourselves time, energy and, of course; quite often planning ahead can also save us money. This is especially true in relation to cremation pre-planning. If we agree on the answer to the question "why plan ahead?" it's easy to see the enormous value of the decision to plan ahead for cremation services.
Certainly, whenever we make the effort to plan ahead we benefit. Not only can we save ourselves precious time and energy (and let's not forget money); but there are some other real benefits in cremation pre-planning–and not just for ourselves, but for those we love. Not only are our services affordable, but planning ahead with our cremation services in Maryland gives you a true peace of mind.
Benefit #1: Because you've had the foresight to plan ahead, your family will not be forced to make emotionally-difficult decisions while arranging for your final care after you're gone.There's no more difficult task than making funeral arrangements when grief is fresh; the sorrow, confusion and fatigue can make clear, decisive thinking almost impossible. Your foresight has saved them the heartbreaking task, and given them much-needed time to share their grief and get emotional support from one another.
Benefit #2: Since you've taken the time to plan ahead, you (and your family) will have greater peace-of-mind. Is there anything more valuable than peace-of-mind? We're reminded of the passage from Wally Lamb's book, I Know this Much is True: “If I could just write it down in a piece of paper, then maybe she could get a decent night's sleep, eat a little of her dinner. Maybe she could have a minute's worth of peace.” In writing down your final wishes, you've effectively given those you love far more than a minute's worth of peace; you've given hours, days, weeks and even years of peace. How priceless a gift.
Benefit #3: If you've chosen to pre-pay for your cremation arrangements, you've effectively saved some of your family's hard-earned money. With our most affordable cremation services in Maryland, even preplanned services won't put you in a financial burden. The National Funeral Directors Association published a "Bill of Rights for Funeral Preplanning" which states, "Before making any decisions on preplanning or prefunding funeral goods or services, or signing a preneed funeral contract, we urge you to ask any and all questions you may have regarding the planning process." According to this guiding organization, the funeral professional you meet with to pre-plan your cremation must provide you with:
In addition, the contract provided to you must:
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