There’s no question that pre-planning your wishes for end-of-life saves your loved ones from added stress and decision-making during an emotional time. At Woodlawn Memorial Park, we understand that beginning this process can be difficult and it can be hard to know where to start. That’s why we have written this blog to highlight the importance of pre-planning your wishes for end-of-life, in the hope that we can make the process easier for you.
Did you know that when you prepay for your burial or cremation your funds are completely secured, guaranteed, and earn interest?
Did you know that having a will and executor will help to ensure that the process is completed as smoothly as possible and supports your wishes?
When you pre-plan your funeral and burial by documenting your wishes, you are taking control so that your family does not have to make difficult decisions while they’re grieving.
At the time of need, a member of our team will meet with your executor and loved ones to review your completed documentation outlining your wishes and chosen arrangements. In our experience, this process helps to free grieving family members from added financial burden and stress so they can focus on healing. In our experience, our clients have only expressed gratitude that their loved ones understood the importance of pre-planning their wishes for end-of-life.
When pre-arrangements are purchased, all funds are invested into a regulated trust that’s monitored by the government, and the funds remain in trust until they are needed. While costs increase every year, the accrued interest will ensure that no out-of-pocket charges are required. If there are any funds remaining, they will be issued to the estate or beneficiary.
Having a will is an absolute necessity because it outlines your wishes on how your assets are to be distributed and who is legally responsible for them. An executor must be appointed — you may choose a family member, friend, or a third party, commonly an ex-lawyer or trustee.
Your executor’s duties may include gathering estate assets such as pensions, insurance, closing accounts, and distributing personal effects. Executors can also seek assistance from trust companies and lawyers and make independent decisions as needed.
Changing Your Mind on End-of-Life Arrangements
It’s important to know that once you pre-plan your arrangements you can still change your mind.
We understand that life circumstances change, and so can your pre-arrangements. We advise that you review your arrangements every few years to ensure that your plans are still appropriate for you and your family — and ensure that your information is up-to-date.
Life has many twists and turns and can be very complicated. Pre-planning for your end-of-life adds some certainty and control during an otherwise difficult time.
At Woodlawn Memorial Park, we are experienced in end-of-life pre-planning and are committed to helping you and your loved ones navigate the process.
For more information, please contact our office and a member of our team will be happy to discuss your end-of-life pre-planning wishes with you.