Perhaps you have recently attended a funeral service. You know how difficult a time this can be. Now imagine if a loved one passes away and not only do you grieve but you have to make final arrangement decisions? This is a difficult time made more difficult by failing to plan.
Your loved ones will know how much you loved them by having a plan in place. They can grieve and celebrate your life not having to make decisions about caskets, burial services, and monuments. These are decisions you can make now and pay for at your own pace. How? By pre-planning.
What is pre-planning? You sit down with our pre-planning specialist Michael Sandefur. At no charge to you or your loved ones, he asks you a number of questions designed to determine how you want your life celebrated and what kind of final resting place you want to have. Interested in hearing more? Please send Mike an email with your contact information at firstname.lastname@example.org or better yet, give him a call at 574-315-2807.
Once he has fully understood your wishes, she will present a plan and a price. If you agree you can pay in full or make payments.
What are the benefits to Pre-Planning?
1. It is the most loving thing you can do. Your loved ones will not have to make a lot of expensive and final decisions at the worst time of their lives.
2. You know your life will be celebrated exactly as you wish.
3. You will lock in your funeral price at today’s prices.
Proverbs 27 warns, “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring…
Please read Bert’s Story, the owner of Mission Hills Memorial Chapel, Crematory, and Gardens, about what one tomorrow brought him and how it changed his life:
How My Dad’s death helped me understand the value of preplanning
On the warm summer Wednesday evening of July 15, 1970, I guess I was about 19 years old, my dad and I attended a college class at Valparaiso University. We were taking the college course together. After class, we picked up my mother for a quick trip to Dairy Queen. Of course being 19 I wanted to drive, dad was next to me in the passenger’s seat.
On the way, my dad commented he didn’t feel well, seconds later he coughed once and his unconscious head fell back. In complete horror, my mother from the back seat, held my dad’s head, as I raced to the police station a few blocks away. There, they placed dad on a respirator, forcing him to breathe. The ambulance finally arrived and transported dad to the hospital.
We raced home to pick up my brother. Our trip to the hospital was surreal. We didn’t know if dad was dead or alive.
Upon arrival at the emergency room, our worst fears were realized. Dad was dead of a massive heart attack. He was only 56 years young. One minute we were going for ice cream, and the next my dad was gone. That was the day I learned how fast your whole world can be thrown into chaos.
In the days that followed, I watched my mother struggle with burial & funeral decisions. She was in a total fog. My uncle was our funeral director, he tried to provide us with guidance, but we were all in shock, especially my mom, and decisions were very difficult her, for all of us.
The struggles that my mother faced in those very trying days, was the basis for my career decision.
Everyone, at some point in their life, will experience a death. It is the ONE event that NO ONE will escape. In 1975, 5 years after my father’s untimely death, I started helping families to preplan their burial and funeral decisions, while in the comfort of their own homes, without the trauma of a death clouding their decisions. Over the years I have been thanked many times by families that had to do nothing more than sign a few papers. Preplanning relieved the emotional and financial stress that my mother and so many other families I have seen over the years go through.
Ironically, my dad’s death has helped me to help others. Thank you, Dad