a favor once in awhile...
we do you the favor of a lifetime?
We'd like to do
you a favor by explaining the seven reasons to plan for
your memorial in advance. Sometimes a favor comes in
the form of good advice. Perhaps yours came from a
school teacher who urged you to study harder, or from a
coach who taught you to accept both victory and defeat
with equal grace. Sometimes giving good advice is the
best favor you can do for someone. That's why we have
prepared this list of seven reasons for planning your
family memorial in advance.
No one likes to think about his own death, but
failure to do so makes it more difficult on the bereaved
family. What happens when people don't do any
planning for their own deaths? The close family members
are forced to handle countless details. All at a time
when they are emotionally upset. That's why responsible,
caring people plan every detail - including choice of
the family memorial - well in advance.
Choosing a family memorial is a joint decision. Why
should someone be forced to make it alone? Many
people find it difficult to buy even the simplest gifts
for their spouses. In life you can always ask and you
can exchange a bad selection. However, choosing a
memorial after a family member has died is another
matter. Choosing a memorial should reflect mutual tastes
and wishes. It is, after all, the most permanent
purchase you will ever make.
The worst time to make a financial commitment is when
there has been a death in the family. One of the
normal feelings associated with death is guilt. Bereaved
persons commonly feel that they should have been nicer
to the deceased. Because of a tendency to overspend in
order to wash away some of the guilt, no major financial
commitment should ever be made at such a time. A
cemetery lot and memorial should be chosen in advance by
By planning in advance, you protect your family from
high pressure sales tactics that can occur at a time
when they are under emotional stress. Advance
planning allows the family to choose a memorial of high
quality and lasting value at a reasonable price. This
way you can take your time evaluating each possible
choice, without being susceptible to high pressure from
Advance planning assures that your insurance will be
used for the needs of your loved ones. Most people
don't buy insurance to cover funeral expenses. The money
is intended to provide for their family's future. By
planning and purchasing your memorial in advance, you
can be certain that savings and insurance funds will be
used as intended. Buying at today's prices will also
protect against rising costs.
Advance planning assures a memorial of the quality
you desire. It is hard to believe there is such as
thing as inferior stone. But many memorial stones have a
tendency to discolor over the years. How do you guard
against this? All you need to do is select a granite
memorial offered by a reputable monument dealer.
Monument dealers are knowledgeable about stone and will
speak candidly with you about choosing your memorial in
advance. Look for a guarantee that certifies the dealer
will remedy a discoloration problem at no cost should
There is no such thing as an "expected death." The
time to act is now. All of us die "unexpectedly".
Even those who have cared for the terminally ill will
tell you that every death comes as something of a shock.
This is why you should not delay planning for the events
and necessities associated with death.