Everything you need to know and want to ask about pre-planning.
You’ve taken an important step by choosing to pre-plan. Congratulations. By taking steps to arrange these important plans now, you’ve taken a large burden off of your beloved family, providing them with greater peace of mind. You’re relieving your family of the cost that can be associated with planning a burial, allowing them to celebrate and honor your life. And finally, you’re ensuring that every last detail is planned according to your own wishes and needs.
You might have some questions as you begin the path towards pre-planning. We’re here to help answer them.
Here are some questions that often come up from others at the same stage:
Pre-planning versus pre-funding? I’ve heard both terms, what is the difference?
Yes, we encourage you to also contact our cemetery in addition to the funeral home, as they can help you plan for and arrange all the details for your loved one following a funeral service. Any cemetery will be able to provide you help and assistance as you’re planning.
Can I move a previously planned arrangement?
Most often ... yes. Our funeral homes and cemeteries are pleased to honor most pre-need funeral and burial plans. To discuss your specific situation, contact any of our locations.
Do I need to purchase a burial vault?
In most areas of the country, state or local laws do not require that you buy a container to surround the casket in the grave. Greenwood Funeral Home does require that you have such a container so that the ground will not sink and the safety of our visitors and staff is protected.
I’ve heard about mausoleum burials - what are the benefits?
People choose mausoleum crypts because they are both clean and dry. They offer a good alternative for those who prefer to not be interred in the ground.
Are there vaults for cremated remains?
Yes, we offer urn vaults, designed for in-ground burial of cremated remains. We have a wide selection available, so we are sure we can help you find a beautiful option that is a good fit for your taste and preferences.
Can two cremations be performed at once?
No. Not only is it illegal to do so, most modern cremation chambers are not of sufficient size to accommodate more than one adult.
Can the family witness the cremation?
Yes. Our cremation facility is set up to allow family members to be present when the body is placed into the cremation chamber. In fact, some religious groups include this as part of their funeral custom. As anything, this is a personal choice on whether you want to witness this event.
Are cemeteries running out of space?
Just like other open spaces, cemeteries have been impacted by the sheer number of people on our planet. However, funeral homes and local cemeteries can always help you find the space you need, so don’t ever feel that there is not an option to meet your needs. Greenwood Funeral Home has sufficient space for generations to come.
I’ve heard of Endowment Care - what is it?
In short, Endowment Care refers to the funds that keep the cemetery grounds beautiful and well-kept, ensuring that your loved one will be taken care of each and every day over the long term. Once the service is over and those in attendance have left the grounds, we want to ensure that peacefulness and beauty are permanent parts of our grounds and Endowment Care makes this possible.
We know you may have other questions, so call us anytime. We're here to walk you through all of your options to create the best possible plan for you.
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