Funeral Pre-arrangements is a major task for any family and the costs without funeral pre-planning can be overwhelming. Ask anyone whose family member pre-planned a funeral and one thought comes to mind–it’s a gift or a blessing. The passing of a loved one is difficult, and the feelings of sadness, honor, and responsibility play a large part in the decision-making process. Pre-planning funerals allows your family to focus on healing and coming together without the added pressure of having to make the various decisions concerning funeral services and burial.
Pre-arrangement, also called pre-need, can be discussed at any age and plans can easily be amended as your preferences or circumstances change. Goldsteins’ provides you with all of the options and costs to allow you to carefully and thoughtfully make the decisions that are right for you.
Contact us today to speak with a free pre-arrangement consultation. We have a wide variety of options to provide the most updated information. We can discuss your pre-arrangement needs in-person, in-home, or virtually online.
Pre-planning a funeral can involve all of the following:
- Selecting a location
- Free consultation with a professional funeral director
- Choosing a funeral service
- Selecting a casket
- Preparing a document or letters that can be used as a guide for your wishes
- Payment, which is placed in an irrevocable trust, eliminates the need for your family to pay at the time of the funeral
Life Requires Planning
Consider preplanning your funeral…
We leave the decisions about a funeral to a time when we are highly emotional and least likely to make thoughtful choices. That’s why we offer pre-arrangements, so that we can guide you through those decisions, and you can think clearly about what you want, and your family can be assured your wishes have been met.
Let’s face it, too often these moments are not planned and you just don’t know when the unthinkable will happen–being prepared is smart and really part of Jewish tradition.
you owe it to yourself and your family.
With pre-arrangement, also called pre-need planning, you choose everything in advance, including:
- Type of funeral service
- Poems or prayers you would like included
- The way in which the entire day is handled
The entire funeral is paid for!
There should be no extra costs to your family, and your prepayment is placed in an irrevocable trust. If you decide to make any changes after the pre-arrangement is complete, we will gladly make the adjustments.
Frequently Asked Questions About Pre-Planning/ Pre-Arrangements
These helpful frequently asked questions may help. Contact us today to learn more about pre-planning.
How do I pay for a pre-arranged a funeral?
You have a choice. You may pay at one time or you may choose a plan in which you pay over a specified period of time. There are no finance charges.
Why should I consider pre-arrangement for myself or a family member?
Many people plan ahead because there is no one else available to make responsible decisions. Others do it for peace of mind, knowing they’ve made their wishes known, thus easing the burden for their families. The sense of uncertainty is greatly reduced when arrangements are made early, with far less emotional turmoil. Pre-arrangement can also save you money. By pre-funding your arrangements now, you can lock in those funeral costs at today’s prices, sparing your loved ones the added cost of inflation later on.
What happens to the money for the funeral I have pre-arranged?
The monies are placed in an irrevocable trust. Interest that accrues is used to offset any increase in cost due to future inflation; guaranteeing that there will be no increase in our costs of the pre-arranged funeral.
Is this trust regulated by any government body?
It is regulated by the Pennsylvania State Board of Funeral Directors in compliance with the Future Interment Provision of the Funeral Directors’ Law in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In addition, all licensed nursing homes in the state now require funeral pre-arrangements for residents covered under its Medicaid benefits program.
Will there be any additional charges at the time of the funeral?
The only charges you may incur from Goldsteins’ would be if your heirs request additional services or merchandise not previously agreed upon in your pre-arrangement or if there are any increases in the cash advance items, which are out of our control, such as additional death certificates, posting of newspaper notices such as in the Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper obituaries, cremation, cemetery, etc.
What happens if I move to another state?
If you still want to have the funeral in the area, then you don’t need to do anything. We will arrange with a funeral home in your new area to fly you back to the area and proceed with the pre-arranged plans you made. On the other hand, if you wish to remain in your new town, we can refund your money or coordinate with a local funeral home to make certain the plans you made are carried out.
What if I change my mind about what I want?
Simply contact one of our funeral directors and we can take care of your revisions or additions.