WHY SHOULD I PLAN AHEAD
Pre-planning is one of the best ways to protect your loved ones from the emotional and financial burden of planning a funeral. Pre-planning is a matter of taking time to think about – and record – your end-of-life desires. It’s a thoughtful gesture to those you love, and a way to let go of anxieties about the future.
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WHY PRE-PLAN WITH Georgia Funeral Care?
The death of a loved one is a time of great loss and planning can reduce the stress for your family with the knowledge that your pre-plan has been completed.
When you choose to pre-plan your final arrangements with Georgia Funeral Care, our pre-need counselors will work with you to arrange the best possible services and guarantees at today’s price
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Taking control of the important things in life just feels good; you know it's the right thing to do for you, and your family.
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Laying the foundation for a well-thought-out plan for you or a loved one takes a bit of time, but, it's worth every moment spent. After all, you’re setting the stage for a more relaxed and enjoyable life, because you’ll have the peace-of-mind preparedness brings. Here’s what to do to get started:
- Prepare a contact list of individuals who should be notified of a medical emergency or death.
- Write an obituary or simply jot down information you would like included in an obituary.
- Decide where the obituary and memorial information should appear.
Choose the type of service you would like including the burial you prefer and make those arrangements. You will need to decide:
- Cemetery lot location
- Casket type; cremation urn type
- Vault or sectional crypt
- Type of service: religious, military, non-denominational, or fraternal
- The contact details for the funeral home you designate to care for you
- Pallbearers, music, flowers, scripture, or other readings
- Charity to receive donations instead of flowers, if donations are preferred
- Select the speakers and the eulogies that you would want to represent you
- Decide what organizations or churches will benefit from memorial donations in your name.
ARRANGE AND DELEGATE
The people who know and care about you will be there when you need them. You only need to provide them with instructions and important financial details. You’re in good hands.
- Give your Executor a copy of your Will. Safety deposit boxes are often opened up during the estate settlement process, long after the funeral. Any funeral planning documents therein can be of no help to your executor.
- Make sure your representative has a list of important account information or telephone numbers for retirement plans, insurance policies, investments, bank accounts, safe-deposit boxes, properties, preferred law, and accountant firms, and mortuaries.
- Remind your representative that the Social Security Administration will need to be called and, if you're receiving benefits such as those from the Veteran's Administration, they should be contacted as well.
- Designate a power of attorney to ensure that proper information can be accessed in the event of your illness or death. Make sure a durable power of attorney for health care and a living will are in place so that your wishes are carried out if you are unable to do so.
- Make arrangements for telephone and utility services, and newspaper and magazine deliveries, to be canceled.
- Cemetery and memorialization services
- Funeral arrangements, including clergy, florist, and transportation - Plan for pets to find a new home.