Pre-Planning FAQs

Everything you need to know and want to ask about pre-planning.

You’ve taken an important step by choosing to pre-plan. Congratulations. By taking steps to arrange these important plans now, you’ve taken a large burden off of your beloved family, providing them with greater peace of mind. You’re relieving your family of the cost that can be associated with planning a funeral, allowing them to celebrate and honor your life. And finally, you’re ensuring that every last detail is planned according to your own wishes and needs.

You might have some questions as you begin the path towards pre-planning. We’re here to help answer them.


Here are some questions that often come up from others at the same stage:


Pre-planning versus pre-funding? I’ve heard both terms, what is the difference?

Pre-planning is meeting with our staff and planning for everything associated with your funeral.  This is placed in a file and is reviewed when the need arises. No payment is made at this time. Pre-funding is when you plan for your funeral and also take care of the charges ahead of time.  This ensures that prices for funeral services and merchandise are price locked. 


Can I move a previously planned arrangement?

Of course. Pre-arrangements are transferable throughout the United States.  Since pre-funded arrangements are placed in a trust or insurance company the family can change funeral homes simply by filing new assignment papers.


Do I need to purchase a burial vault?

In most areas of the country, state or local laws do not require that you buy a container to surround the casket in the grave.   The main purpose of a burial vault is to protect the ground above it from caving in around the casket leaving unsightly sinkholes throughout a cemetery. So, it is largely considered a landscaping tool and, for this reason, many cemeteries install burial vaults in all of their graves.


I’ve heard about mausoleum burials - what are the benefits?

People choose mausoleum crypts because they are both clean and dry. They offer a good alternative for those who prefer to not be interred in the ground.


Are there vaults for cremated remains?

Yes, we offer urn vaults, designed for in-ground burial of cremated remains. We have a wide selection available, so we are sure we can help you find a beautiful option that is a good fit for your taste and preferences.


Can two cremations be performed at once?

No. Not only is it illegal to do so, most modern cremation chambers are not of sufficient size to accommodate more than one adult.


Can the family witness the cremation?

Yes. The cremation facility we use is set up to allow family members to be present when the body is placed into the cremation chamber. In fact, some religious groups include this as part of their funeral custom. As anything, this is a personal choice on whether you want to witness this event.


Are cemeteries running out of space?

Just like other open spaces, cemeteries have been impacted by the sheer number of people on our planet. However, funeral homes and local cemeteries can always help you find the space you need, so don’t ever feel that there is not an option to meet your needs.

We know that you may have other questions, so feel free to call us at anytime so that we can walk you your options and help you create the best possible plan for you.

(513) 939-CARE (2273)

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