Planning Ahead


Taking care of funeral arrangements in advance might be the kindest thing you can do for your family. It can spare your family anguish, save them money and ensure decisions are made without stress or time pressure.

Funerals planned at the time of death often mean a significant, unexpected expense. Many details need to be planned within a few short days, and sometimes families find this makes their choices more difficult due to:

 - Worries about emotional overspending;
- Fears that their choices have been dictated by grief or made too quickly;
- Having to make decisions alone; or
- Pressures of paying at the time of need.

At Gorton-Menard Funeral Home and Crematory, we’ve seen first-hand how the process can be made easier by planning your funeral in advance. Emotion and pressure are eliminated from decisions, your spouse or family members can share in the planning, and you decide how much will be spent on your funeral.

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Why Pay in Advance?
By paying in advance, you lock in today's funeral prices for the future.

When is the Best Time to Pre-Plan Your Funeral?
The best time to pre-plan your funeral is now, while you’re thinking about it. You may feel you are too young to pre-plan, but those people who have done it say that prearranging their funeral was smart financial planning and gave them peace of mind.

By taking the time now to collect cost information and calmly make choices related to your own funeral arrangements, you’ll be protecting your family against much of the strain of having to make those same decisions during a time of extreme emotional stress. This way, you can take the time to carefully select specific items you want and need - and pay for them now.

Why Choose Gorton-Menard Funeral Home and Crematory to Pre-Plan Your Funeral Services?
Gorton-Menard Funeral Home and Crematory has helped many families prearrange funeral services that are tailored to their personal wishes and economic circumstances. They've told us that prearranging their funeral was a simple way to spare their family the anguish and potential conflict of arranging a funeral.

Gorton-Menard Funeral Home and Crematory prearranged funerals protect the consumer by guaranteeing in writing that all interest needed to cover inflation remains in the trust account of the purchaser until the time of need.

Why Should You Pre-Plan?
There are many good reasons; practical ones, like saving money by paying in advance over time - and emotional ones, such as making sure your choices concerning memorial services, music and other matters are carried out, and giving your family and loved ones the peace of mind they deserve.

Let’s discuss the practical ones first. Funeral prices have more than doubled in the past ten years. If you pre-plan and pre-pay with us, we guarantee that the funeral arrangements you specify will be available without additional costs when the need arises.

Emotional reasons are even more important. Pre-planning saves your family the burden of having to make difficult decisions at the worst possible time. You don’t want your family to have to guess what kind of funeral service, or casket, or monument you prefer…and you don’t want to leave them with unanticipated expenses.

What Other Advantages are There to Pre-Planning?
 - Guaranteed price 
 - Your personal wishes are carried out, even to the selection of the casket
 - It relieves your family of a financial burden

For More Information
For more answers to commonly asked questions about funding a pre-need account, click here.

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