Why Pre-Plan

Funeral Pre-Planning

Pre-planning a funeral is undoubtedly one of the biggest and most important decisions you will make in your lifetime. Whether it is for you or a loved one, the first step is obtaining all the necessary information to make an informed decision.


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Importance of Pre-Planning Your Funeral

We understand that funeral planning can be a difficult subject to talk about with your family. However, that doesn’t mean that it should be avoided altogether. In order to properly honor your life, they need to know your funeral preferences.


With pre-planning, you can organize your funeral wishes and get to know your loved ones a little better in the process. For example, you decide whether you want to be buried or cremated. And for funeral personalization, you and loved ones can ask each other questions about your passions and maybe learn something new about one another.


You also can pre-pay for your funeral when pre-planning your funeral preferences. This way, it’s one more thing that’s taken care of, and your loved ones don’t have to worry about it when the time comes.


Benefits of Funeral Pre-Planning

The funeral should be a time for your loved ones to honor your life and begin their grief journeys together, not for feeling overwhelmed by funeral planning or worrying about how they’re going to pay for the funeral expenses.


By pre-planning your funeral wishes, you give you and your loved ones a peace of mind knowing that it’s taken care of. Then, when the time comes, they can focus on grieving rather than stressing over the funeral plans.


Pre-planning also lets you have a say in how you want to be remembered. You can decide your funeral service type like whether you want something more traditional or a more personalized celebration of life ceremony. For example, if you’re an avid cook, see if your favorite restaurant can cater the service. Or, if you want something more unique, see if the restaurant will host the funeral reception. With pre-planning, you remain in control of your funeral service and how you want to be remembered.


When to Pre-Plan Your Funeral

Although we want to say that you should pre-plan your funeral now, you should do it at a time you’re mentally and emotionally prepared to plan a funeral. However, since death can be an uncomfortable topic, you may never feel completely ready to take on this task, but it still needs to be done.


Another factor that plays a role when your funeral planning is your loved ones. To prevent your spouse, children, or other loved ones from taking on the financial and emotional burdens of funeral planning, you can pre-plan your funeral and express these wishes to them. When the time comes, they'll be grateful that everything is already planned out and can focus on coping with their grief and honoring your life.


By pre-paying and pre-planning your funeral, you can make all your funeral decisions at once. This way, you have more time to choose the funeral details and payment option that is right for you. And, if you change your mind, you can adjust your funeral plans at any time. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions regarding funeral planning or adjusting your current plans.


Pre-Paying Options

By pre-paying for your funeral, you relieve your loved ones of that financial burden. If you're unable to make a single payment, there are several alternative funeral payment options to choose from. Our staff is here to help you find the right payment option for your financial situation.


Pre-paying also protects your family from any future inflationary trends. You can rest assured that your funeral cost will stay the same, no matter the rising costs of inflation. This also saves you and your family money in the long run. Instead, those saved funds could be put toward a memorial or donation to a charity that you’re passionate about.


No matter your financial situation, our staff has the knowledge and experience to plan a funeral for all budgets. Whether it’s an elaborate celebration of life or a more intimate, simple service, we’re here to help. Please contact us to discuss your funeral pre-payment options.


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How to Begin

Check out our pre-planning checklist to see all your options. Then, you can pre-plan online using our form or you can schedule a meeting with our staff to plan your personalized service details.

Additionally, we keep a record of your pre-planned arrangements and pre-payments, and they’re easily transferable to any funeral home in the United States if you were to move.


North Carolina Consumer Protections for Pre-Arranged Funeral Planning

  • A copy of all pre-need contracts must be filed with the North Carolina Board of Funeral Service which then guarantees their performance. Funeral homes usually collect the $20 filing fee in addition to the price of the contract.
  • Funds received for pre-arranged funeral plans must be placed in a bank trust account or a life insurance policy, usually with the funeral home named as beneficiary. North Carolina funeral homes are only allowed to collect money at the time services are performed. This ensures that the funds will be available when services are requested.
  • Bryan-Lee Funeral Homes and Crematory offers an inflation-proof pre-need contract that locks in specific selected services and merchandise to be provided by the funeral home in the future at current prices. The funds are invested by the insurance company and the funeral home takes the risk that the investment growth will keep up with inflation and increased costs.
  • Pre-need contracts are transferable. Should your circumstances change or your family chooses a different funeral home at the time of need, the full amount of the account can be used to pay for services from any funeral home.
  • You may also set aside additional money to go toward other funeral-related expenses such as flowers, cemetery fees, clergy honorarium, obituaries, etc.
  • You may choose to sign a pre-need contract as revocable or irrevocable. (Irrevocable pre-need contract funds are exempt from being counted as assets when applying for Medicaid assistance.)
  • Under the Funeral Rule by the authority of the Federal Trade Commission, anyone who discusses funeral arrangements with a funeral service provider must be given a copy of the provider’s General Price List for their retention.
  • Funeral homes must comply with OSHA regulations.

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Phone: (919) 832-8225
831 Wake Forest Road, Raleigh, NC

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300 E. McIver Street, Angier, NC

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