Funeral Pre-Planning

Saunders-Dwyer Funeral Homes - New Bedford and Mattapoisett, MA What is pre-planning, or pre-arrangement?
When you plan in advance, you are making choices now based on your wishes as to how your final arrangements will be carried out. Thus, you can reduce family concerns at the time of your death.

Saunders-Dwyer Funeral Homes - New Bedford and Mattapoisett, MA What do I need to do to preplan?
At your convenience, you can meet with a member of our staff to discuss your options and your preferences. When you make arrangements in advance, you’ll want to consider your site of choice, the committal service, and the type of permanent memorial. By making some or all of these decisions now, you give your family peace of mind, and also benefit financially..

Saunders-Dwyer Funeral Homes - New Bedford and Mattapoisett, MA Can funeral arrangements be planned and, if desired, prepaid in advance?
Yes they can. Referred to as preplanning or prearranging, many people find that preplanning gives them peace of mind knowing that their wishes will be respected and the burden lessened on their family at the time of their death. Others find that they need to protect their assets from the state and assure that their funeral expenses will be taken care of. Preplanning your funeral consists of meeting with the funeral home of your choice to allow them to gather biographical information for a death certificate as well as any information you would like included in obituary notices. At this time you can also choose the type of service desired, the type of casket, concrete outer burial container or cremation urn. Once your prearrangements are made, you may prepay your funeral to secure the price at today's cost. The interest that accumulates on your funds is then used to offset inflation. At the Saunders-Dwyer Funeral Homes, we work with the New England Funeral Trust. We guarantee that your funeral funds will be secure and protected.

Saunders-Dwyer Funeral Homes - New Bedford and Mattapoisett, MA What will happen to my prepaid arrangements should I decide to move?
Most prepaid arrangements are established using an irrevocable contract to protect the funds from being acquired by the State, the funeral home or the family before the death occurs. Your arrangements, however, are easily transferred to another funeral home should you decide to leave the area.

Saunders-Dwyer Funeral Homes - New Bedford and Mattapoisett, MA What is the difference between prepaying and preplanning?
When you preplan, you do not need to pay for everything in advance—your legal representative pays for the services at the rates being charged when your funeral is held. We’ll be happy to discuss these options with you and help you make a decision that best suits your needs.

Saunders-Dwyer Funeral Homes - New Bedford and Mattapoisett, MA Where does the money go that I prepay into a plan?
Once your prearrangements are made, you may prepay your funeral to secure the price at today's cost. The interest that accumulates on your funds is then used to offset inflation. We work with the New England Funeral Trust. We guarantee that your funeral funds will be secure and protected.

Saunders-Dwyer Funeral Homes - New Bedford and Mattapoisett, MA What are the benifits of pre-panning?

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