Why Plan Ahead?

Funeral planning involves two types of needs: “At-Need” and “Pre-Need” services.

“At-Need” funeral arrangements are made at the time of death, usually by surviving family members or by a trusted friend on behalf of the deceased. Making funeral plans at the time of death are particularly difficult because the time frame is short and emotions are high as survivors are dealing with their grief. Not only is there much planning to do, there are also imminent financial concerns. Payment for funeral services is due at the time of the funeral which can be quite a considerable hardship for most families.

“Pre-Need” plans (also known as “pre-planning”) are the funeral plans that people make for the living.  Pre-need funeral plans can be made at any time and offer many advantages. Take a look at the following statements.  If any of them describes you, then you are probably someone who will appreciate the benefits of pre-planning your funeral.


You want to ease the burden on your family

If your wishes are unknown when you die, your family will be faced with making difficult decisions at a trying time. Will they know if you wish to be buried or cremated? Will they agree on an open or closed casket? Will they agree on how much to spend? Confusion and disagreements are common occurrences when there is no plan to follow. You can avoid this by leaving behind a plan.

You want to assume the financial responsibility for your funeral

Planning ahead enables you to make financial arrangements to cover your funeral costs. Even if you are leaving behind sufficient money, will your survivors be able to access it? Funeral insurance and funeral trusts are sound financial planning options you can consider ahead of time.

You want your family to have the benefit of a meaningful funeral

A funeral is an important event for a grieving family. Psychologically, it provides a sense of closure and enables the family to begin the healing process. Families benefit emotionally and socially by honoring the lives of their loved ones with a fitting ceremony and by giving them a proper send off. It is difficult to make the funeral the best it can be when planning it in a short time.

You want your final wishes to be followed

If you have specific preferences for the disposition of your remains and the nature of your funeral services, you can clearly express them in your funeral plan. You may have a preference for burial or cremation, the epitaph on your headstone, or the music and readings at your funeral. You may not want a funeral ceremony. Whatever your wishes, they would be set forth in your funeral plan.

You want to be self-reliant and have your affairs in order at the end of your life

Taking care of your funeral arrangements is a thoughtful and caring thing to do for your family. It is comforting to know that you have done all you can do to ease their loss. Additionally, you can be assured that they will appreciate that your caring for them continued after you are gone.



Tibbs Funeral Home & Cremation can help you pre-plan a funeral for yourself, your spouse or a parent. Take some time and answer the "Pre-Plan Online" questions.  Also, feel free to Contact Us and we will assist you with the process.

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