A Thoughtful Thing to do for yourself and your family
You are the only one who can spare your loved ones the cost and responsibility of arranging your funeral home. The arrangements your have made today will alleviate some of the stress resulting from your death and help them make the difficult and necessary decisions.
It is true that no one likes to think about death much less their own. It's not something we schedule, but it is certain that we will die someday.
and/or pre-funded funeral, cremation and cemetery arrangements
considerably ease your family's burden when a death occurs.
There are many sound reasons for pre-arranging a service:
People want to insure that their desires are considered
More rational decisions are made when emotions and stress are not a factor
assures that all funeral expenses will be paid; even if your estate is
financially depleted and inflation has increased the expenses of
Our pre-arrangement service also allows you to make plans in a more comfortable setting
should think about pre-arranging their funeral and cemetery needs, and
now would be the ideal time. Pre-arranging is one of the most loving
and caring things you can do for your family. It removes the financial
and emotional burden from them during a difficult time and spares your
family from making painful decisions; decisions they would rather have
you make in any event. Regardless of how simple or elaborate you would
like your arrangements to be, our experienced pre-planning staff at Perry Funeral Home will show you exactly what all of your options and
benefits are and help you make wise, sensible decisions. You can
preplan and prefund your funeral and cemetery wishes.
Answers To Your Financial and Benefit Questions.
Death Certificates Perry Funeral Home personnel can help you secure additional death certificates.
Social Security A lump sum death benefit in the amount of $255 is available for the surviving spouse or minors. Survivors’ pension benefits may be available for a qualified widow and minor children. Call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213.
Veterans Benefits Casket flag and grave marker may be available for qualified veterans. Funeral expense allowances may be likewise be available for those who qualify. Perry Funeral Home personnel will help you apply.
Insurance Perry Funeral Home personnel can provide you with information to assist in filing claims for life insurance benefits including assignment procedures.
VISA/MasterCard Perry Funeral Home honors VISA or MasterCard.
What is Funeral Etiquette?
case you are wondering about possible questions that might arise
concerning proper funeral customs or etiquette, the following
information might be helpful:
Thank you cards are appropriate to mail one to two weeks after the service to the following, (if applicable):
Those contributing to memorial organizations or churches
Those who sent flowers or Mass cards
Friends and neighbors who helped in special ways
Those who brought food
Those who sent cards (optional)
Church group or church which assisted with food or in other ways helped
Those who participate in the service (music, readings, etc.)
Note: It is not necessary to send acknowledgment to people who sign the register book.
You may want to send a note of appreciation to the clergy
Customary ways to sign thank-you cards are:
The Family of (deceased's name)
(Deceased names)'s Family, or
Additional thank-you cards are available, if needed, and can be picked up at the reception desk.
Pre Planning: The Thoughtful Decision
Today, more people are recognizing that planning a funeral in advance
of need demonstrates love and consideration toward their family
members. It is a thoughtful decision that reduces the stress of
indecision and uncertainty when death occurs.
The following information has been prepared to answer some of the questions we frequently received about pre-arrangement.
Why do people pre-arrange a funeral service for themselves or a family member?
There are many good reasons. Some plan ahead because there will be no
one who is capable of making responsible decisions. Others have a
definite preferences concerning their funeral service, and they want
their families to be informed and involved in those decisions.
Many people pre-arrange because they like the peace of mind knowing
there will be adequate funds to cover funeral expenses. Also
pre-payment can provide real benefits when you are applying for
Medicaid in the U.S.
Most importantly, pre-arrangement guarantees that rational
decisions can be made ahead of time without the usual urgencies when
death takes place.
What steps are involved?
After you determine your funeral preferences, we will explain your
options and guide you in establishing your own plans. You should find
the advice of your family, clergy, and your funeral director especially
helpful when considering the options. We will record certain vital
information and gather documents for the required forms.
Next, you can select a casket, burial vault, and other
merchandise associated with the services. Finally, you may pay for the
services and merchandise ahead of time through our funding program.
What will the pre-arranged funeral service cost?
The cost is a matter of your choice. All of your selections and options
are featured in our itemized pricing guide. This guide provides factual
information concerning each item and its price.
Funding the pre-arranged service is a choice most people make to ease
possible financial pressures on their family. Pre-funding allows you to
pay for the funeral service at current prices. As your plan grows over
time, it offsets inflation and should provide adequate funds for the
future cost of the funeral.
Funding those arrangements with insurance coverage in advance of need
is a relatively new idea that is offered by funeral homes. An
individual may insure his or her life for the full present day cost of
the funeral arrangements. For those who qualify, our program can
provide immediate and considerable cost savings.
Individuals between the ages of 0 and 99 may apply. No medical
examination is required for the life insurance, just a simple
questionnaire that is completed after advance funeral plans have been
Pre-Planning Advantages...Increasing Death Benefits
Reduce the impact of inflation, which would otherwise increase the cost of your funeral.
Extended Payment Options
Our insurance plans are underwritten by Monumental Life Insurance
Company, rated A+ (Superior) by A.M. Best, the oldest insurance analyst
of claims paying ability in the country. There are various payment
options available. Even people on a tight budget can gain the
advantages of funding their pre-planned funeral service.
How is Pre-Planning Done?
Our funeral home staff member
will meet with you at a time that is convenient, and assist you in
recording your wishes. You choose everything you want for your funeral:
the type of funeral service, casket, burial vault, music, and flowers.
Important obituary information will be recorded. Once you have made
your selections, you will learn the payment options available to you. A
record of your selections will be kept on file at the funeral home