Preplanning is a matter of taking the time to think about and record your end-of-life desires. It is a thoughtful gesture to those you love and a way to let go of anxieties about the future. Once done, you can relax, knowing that your plans are in the hands of reliable friends and family. It can be a hard subject to approach initially, but doing the right thing today can make all the difference for your peace of mind in the coming years.
Our professional staff is trained and ready to help you with any and all of your preplanning needs. We are happy to meet with you and answer any questions you may have, without obligation. To request a personal appointment to discuss preplanning, call us at (903) 796-2835, or click here for our online preplanning form.
Begin by designating others who will be able to help carry out your plans, and gathering all your details (financial, personal, medical, and others) in one safe location.
- Designate a power of attorney to ensure that proper information can be accessed in the event of your illness or death. Make sure a durable power of attorney for healthcare and a living will are in place so that your wishes are carried out if you are unable to do so.
- Establish one individual as your main point of contact and personal representative. Make sure they have a list of important account information and telephone numbers for retirement plans, insurance policies, investments, bank accounts, safe-deposit boxes, properties, preferred law and accountant firms and mortuaries.
- Give your executor a copy of your will; don't leave it in a safety deposit box, which are often opened only after the funeral, during the estate settlement process. Any funeral planning documents therein can be of no help to your executor.
- Remind your personal representative that the Social Security Administration will need to be called and, if you are receiving benefits from organizations such as the Veteran's Administration, they should be contacted as well.
- Also prepare a contact list of individuals who should be notified in case of a medical emergency or death, and include the contact details for the funeral home you designate to care for you.
Design the type of service you would like, including:
- Cemetery lot location
- Casket type or cremation urn
- Vault or sectional crypt
- Any religious, military, non-denominational, or fraternal specifications
You may also determine:
- Pallbearers, speakers, and others involved in the service
- Music, flowers, and other details
- Readings and scriptures
- Charities, organizations, or churches that will benefit from any donations
Write an obituary for yourself, or simply jot down information you would like included. We have staff that can create a memorable obituary for you with your provided information. Decide where you would like obituary and memorial information to appear.
- Pay for cemetery and memorialization services.
- Pay for funeral arrangements, clergy, florists, and transportation.
- Make arrangements to cancel telephone and utility servicesor transfer them to another name.
- Cancel newspaper and magazine delivery, if necessary.
- Make arrangements for pets to be cared for or to find new homes.