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coping with death
Preplanning your funeral is a loving
gesture to those you leave behind
Planning your funeral ahead of time
will prevent your family from having to
guess what your wishes were during a
very emotional and stressful time following
Before visiting a funeral home to discuss
your prearrangements, give some
thought to your preferences for a funeral
service by identifying any religious elements,
songs or readings or other unique
requests that you would like to be incorporated
into your funeral service.
When you meet with the funeral director,
they will guide you through the different
services and merchandise available.
You will have the opportunity to select
those which meet with your personal
preferences and beliefs.
Your funeral director will give you a
printed copy of their “General Price List”
to show the cost of their services and merchandise,
enabling you to create a meaningful
service that meets your preferences
and fi nancial considerations.
Once the details have been fi nalized,
your funeral director will prepare a preneed
agreement and fully itemized statement
for your review and a copy to take
home with you.
Pre-payment is not required, but is an
option should you choose to do so.
In New York State, your funeral director
is required by law to deposit your prepaid
funds into an interest-bearing government
backed trust account.
Your principle - and the interest earned
- will remain yours.
It is important to discuss your decision
to pre-plan and/or pre-fund your funeral
with your loved ones.
Discuss with them which funeral home
you have made your arrangements with
and consider providing them with a copy
of your preneed documents.
Want to learn more? Visit https://www.
information to request our Funeral
Planning information packet. We provide
it FREE to New York State residents with
Courtesy of NYS Funeral Directors