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Six FAQs About Pre-Planning

At Bean Funeral Homes, we understand the idea of death can be an uncomfortable subject to think about, talk about, and especially plan for. While we spend time throughout our lives planning for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, graduations, retirements and more, we often don’t think to stop to plan our final goodbye to our loved ones – our own funeral. But a pre-planned funeral is one of the most incredible gifts we can give to ourselves and our families.

Planning in advance saves effort and time for a family faced with planning an entire funeral during the grieving process, and saves on costs. Pre-planning ensures you have a carefully thought-out service that is true to who you are, is meaningful to your closest family and friends, and helps them to begin the journey toward healing. If you’ve never thought about pre-planning, or want to know more about it, we’ve put together list of commonly asked questions to help:

  1. Why should I pre-plan my funeral? Planning your own final arrangements frees your loved ones from the financial and logistical stressors of having to do it themselves when they’re going through a very emotionally difficult time. Pre-planning gives you the freedom to say goodbye exactly how you want – incorporating elements into your service that perfectly express your personality and style. Pre-planning provides peace of mind for both you and your family, knowing everything is already taken care of.
  2. When should I pre-plan my funeral or memorial service? There’s no right or wrong time to start preplanning, but we suggest doing it when you’re healthy, of sound mind, and not during a time of crisis such as illness or circumstance. Getting your affairs in order sooner rather than later is always a smart step in the right direction. As much as we don’t want to think about it, we never know when we will die.
  3. How much does pre-planning cost and can I pay ahead of time? Funeral costs vary depending on your wishes and what services you want to be included. You’re free to choose the type of services you want and all personal touches. Do you want certain music played, your favorite hobby incorporated, a special memorial service at your favorite location? We can help you plan that. While pre-paying isn’t mandatory, it is recommended. Pre-paying protects you and your family from rising costs in the future and prevents emotionally driven spending by the bereaved. You can cover all the costs upfront or choose from a payment plan.
  4. Can I cancel or modify my plans? Absolutely. A pre-planning contract can be canceled within the first 30 days of completion, but you’re always free to make modifications years or even decades down the road. If you wish to make any changes, simply set up an appointment with us and we’ll take care of the rest. If at any point you move to a new city or state, you can also transfer your plans to another funeral home.
  5. I’m a Veteran, will my VA benefits cover the cost of pre-planning? Veterans are entitled to certain benefits related to burial and cremation services depending on eligibility. Our knowledgeable staff will help you identify and secure those benefits and inform you of what items you are eligible for to make your pre-planning process as easy and uncomplicated as possible.
  6. How can I start pre-planning? If you’re ready to start planning your final arrangements, call us at 1-610-376-1129 or visit our pre-arrangements page. Here you’ll find valuable information and resources for getting started, including an online form you can fill out to help you start thinking about what type of arrangements you’d like.

If you’ve ever had to plan a funeral after the loss of a loved one, you understand how much work can go into preparing everything, from writing an obituary, to filing the necessary paperwork, to choosing flowers, a casket or urn, readings, etc. Making arrangements in advance takes all of these responsibilities off your loved ones. Once all your wishes are arranged, it’s guaranteed they’ll be carried out. If you have any questions, please reach out to any of our locations in Hampden Heights, Shillington, Sinking Spring, or Exeter Township to speak to a member of our staff. We are always available.

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