Jen Norris,

Jen Norris

Cemetery Director

What Does Pre-planning Involve?

What you decide to plan ahead of time is entirely up to you.  At Arbor, we start with you first because we know there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution.

1. What are your needs?

Whether you’ve already started making plans, or you’ve never given your final arrangements any thought, consider these key questions:

  • Will it suit your taste?
  • Does it fit within your culture?
  • Do the surroundings reflect your personality?

We’ll take the time to learn about you and discuss your situation and wishes.

2. What details need to be sorted out?

Planning can be overwhelming and emotional, so Arbor offers you a free four-piece Estate Planning Kit to assist in gathering the paperwork that will be needed, ahead of time.  You can easily detail the whereabouts of important documents, record personal wishes, and compile lists of important numbers and contacts, creating a single essential resource for your Executor or family members at the time of death.

3. What plan is a true reflection of you?

There are so many options available that you may have never even thought possible.  Do you want a religious ceremony?  Would you like your memorial to be a celebration of life?  Is there a special place or way that your family has been laid to rest?  What customs and traditions do you want to carry forward?

4. Are your financial needs being met?

Part of the arrangement process is to identify the value of your investment and to create a financing  plan that suits your lifestyle and budget, with ample time to discuss payment schedules and options with family.  So when the time comes, everything has been arranged, allowing your loved ones to concentrate on their loss, instead of finances.

When you plan ahead, your funeral service can be as elaborate or as elegantly simple as you wish.  You’ll want to work with a facility that can offer a wide range of options, from a traditional church ceremony to a memorial celebration.