How to Save Grief by Preplanning with Funeral Homes

By: Laura Sussman
Monday, December 24, 2018

While preplanning for a funeral is a task that most people are keen to avoid, going through the process can save your family some of the grief they will go through when you are gone. By preplanning with North Las Vegas funeral homes, residents can understand all of the relevant expenses; avoid some of them if they wish, and put together the most emotionally and spiritually comforting funeral for themselves and their families. Preplanning avoids the possibility that your family will be thrust into doing something with little forethought and with elevated stress. 

There are many individual costs that go into a funeral. Aside from administrative expenses, a traditional funeral includes embalming fees to preserve the body, a casket to bury the body in, a burial plot, a gravestone, and a grave liner to prevent the grave from collapsing. The combination of these expenses is what adds up to the substantial amount that goes into a traditional funeral. Preplanning with a funeral home will permit you to see what each one costs. In fact, the Federal Trade Commission mandates that all of the individual prices for different goods and services be provided by the funeral home. Consumers will thus have a transparent process in seeing what they’re paying for, allowing them to make better decisions. 

Some or all of the above expenses can be avoided through a cremation service. For example, a direct cremation avoids everything, save the cremation itself and some administrative costs. It’s also possible for you to have certain aspects of a traditional funeral, such as a wake and eulogy, and then do a cremation. Such a procedure would still require embalming fees and administrative expenses, but you would be able to avoid paying for goods such as a grave liner. It would even be possible to rent a casket instead of purchasing one, which on its own can save you thousands of dollars. 

If you prefer a traditional funeral for spiritual or religious reasons, preplanning with a funeral home might be able to help you structure the expenses in a way that would be less burdensome to your family. 

At the end of the preplanning process, you and the funeral home will agree to something that’s known as a preneed contract, which will outline procedures and expenses that will take place in the aftermath of a death. 

You should never agree to a preneed contract without first consulting with an experienced funeral director. If you have any questions about the preplanning process with North Las Vegas funeral homes, Kraft-Sussman Funeral & Cremation Services at (702) 485-6500. We can go over the options and make sure you are comfortable with the information at hand so you have what you need to make informed decisions. Talk with your family, think things over, and visit with is at 3975 S. Durango Drive, Suite 104 Las Vegas, NV 89147. We want to help you give one final gift to your family—peace of mind that they are doing just what you want for your final services. 

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