Guaranteeing Your Final Wishes
Planning your own funeral, memorial service, burial, or cremation is one of the best things that you can do for yourself and your family as you consider your end-of-life responsibilities. Having the opportunity to make these plans in advance will help lessen the stress or doubts that you have and also will make you a full partner in the decision-making process.
No Stress or Indecision For Loved Ones with Prepayment
Having your final wishes planned, documented, and paid for in advance will offer your friends and loved ones the gift of comfort. They’ll be confident that the decisions have been taken out of their hands and relieved to focus on your celebration of life and on working through their grief.
Here are some of our clients explaining why they choose to prepay for their plans:
- No Difficult Decisions. Janet, a retired teacher, says that she decided to prepay for her services after her mother died. “I’m an only child. When my mom died, I had to handle all of the funeral responsibilities, including choosing the casket, arranging the service, and buying a burial plot. It was really hard for me, and I did it by myself. Of course, I paid for it as well. I decided right then and there that I would pay for everything ahead of time for myself. No one has to wonder what I would like—the funeral director has everything written down and has assured me it will be followed to the letter. If I change my mind about something, I can just call him or visit to let him know,” she says.
- Easy-to-Afford Solutions. Lewis, an electric service employee, says, “Beinhauer Family Funeral Home will allow you to pay using installments, making the process very affordable. It really takes away the burden of not being able to afford what you’d like and makes it much easier. In fact, my wife and I are prepaying on both of our services, our cremations, and the burial of our urns. Some of my friends wonder why I’m doing this, but I tell them that I don’t want my kids worrying about funeral bills after I’m gone.”
- Exactly What You Want. Linda, a retired homemaker, talks about having very definite ideas about her end-of-life plans. “I would like to be cremated. I think that my kids were unsure, but I said that I would also like to have a service first with a casket and all the things to which people are accustomed. After the service, I will be cremated, and then my cremated body will be buried. It’s exactly what I want, and I wanted the opportunity to first, pay for everything, and second, select what I want.”
Pre-paid services reduce some of the worry that people feel about how their loved ones will cope after their death. If you would like to hear more about the many benefits of pre-paid funeral services in the Pittsburgh area, please call Beinhauer Family Funeral Homes and Cremation Services today.
Using Unpaid Funeral Services
There are several advantages to pre-paying funeral services. Specifically, it allows you to financially prepare, while reducing a burden on your loved ones. We’d like to walk you through a few of the reasons why people choose to use prepaid services.
- It allows you to use a variety of financial options. Pre-paid funeral services allow you to use money from life insurance policies or pre-funded plans in order to pay for your funeral services and merchandise. You can discuss these options with a funeral director and/or your financial and legal advisors.
- Pre-paid services save your family money. When you prepay, it means that your loved ones won’t have to pay for your funeral and burial services themselves. Instead of your funeral being a potential burden for your family, they can instead concentrate on celebrating your life.
- Your funeral plans will be overseen by a licensed funeral director. When you prepay, funeral staff will also ask what kind of preparations you’d like to make. A funeral director will be able to guide you in financial matters, service choices, and burial or cremation plans.
- You can choose your service and funeral details. This includes choosing the funeral home, the visitation time, the religious, secular, or military services, and the final disposition. There are many choices when it comes to your last wishes—for instance, some people may prefer cremation to whole body burial. Some want a private burial, while others prefer a traditional, public visitation. Any of these can be achieved through pre-paid plans.
- You can arrange plans for burial. If you would like to purchase a plot at a cemetery or a space at a mausoleum for you and other family members, pre-paying will allow you to pick exactly what you want and where you want it. If you prefer a certain cemetery that allows upright headstones (or perhaps one that doesn’t), these plans can all be laid out in advance. You can decide on your burial option ahead of time and arrange financial details.
- You can arrange all of this at your leisure. With a pre-payment plan, you won’t be rushed. Pre-paying means that you can think about or talk about some of the choices that you have. You’ll likely want to do research about different services, burial options, and financial arrangements that make the most sense for you.
If you have any questions, Beinhauer Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services is always just a phone call away, or we can come to meet you at one of our funeral homes or your home to discuss your wishes. With so many organizational and financial benefits to pre-planning in the Pittsburgh area, we find that many people want to take advantage of this service.
Make it Your Own
When your pet dies, you may want to remember him or her just as you would a person who was very dear to you. You can create a personalized pet monument that will let everyone know just how important your pet was and still is in your life.
Kinds of Pet Monuments
There are several kinds of pet monuments that you can consider:
- Granite or Bronze monuments. These are similar to headstones that are used at people’s gravesites. They are commonly used in pet cemeteries and on home grave sites.
- Grave Markers and Memorial Stones. These are like headstones, but are instead a simple marker to indicate where your pet is buried, or can be used as an indoor or outdoor decoration.
- Urns. If you choose to cremate your pet, you can have the cremated body placed in an urn and buried and memorialized with one of the two aforementioned monuments, or placed in a niche in a columbarium just for pets.
Personalize Your Pet’s Monument
When you personalize your pet’s monument, you’re doing more than customizing it. You’re using it to commemorate your pet’s life, so you’ll want it to be special. You can personalize it by:
- Having it Engraved. Headstones, markers, and urns can all be engraved with your pet’s name, dates of birth and death, and a saying or poem that reminds you of your pet. It’s the most common way of personalizing your pet, and if it’s placed in a cemetery or columbarium, everyone will be able to read it.
- Choosing a Favorite Picture. Your dog’s or cat’s picture can be placed on nearly any surface, including a marker or urn. Once the picture is transferred onto ceramic, and then placed on the monument or urn, it can be enjoyed every day.
- Using a Special Shape. A heart, cross, or paw print-shaped headstone or marker is very popular with pet owners. Some choose a more whimsical shape like a dog bone or a rainbow. It’s a unique way to mark your pet’s final resting place.
- Sculpture Portrait. Having an artist sculpt a likeness of your beloved pet is truly a personalized choice! A sculptor can create your pet’s likeness from just a picture—and you can set it down at the gravesite as an everlasting reminder of your pet.
Choosing your pet’s final resting place is a personal experience. Peaceful Pastures, a pet cemetery and crematory in the Pittsburgh area, has rolling green hills and is located on many acres of undisturbed land. Please call us today to learn more about how to memorialize your pet. We treat your pet like family.