What’s it really like to preplan a funeral?

I didn’t know what to expect when my husband, Bill, and I met with James at Legacy Funeral Chapels to preplan our funerals. Would it be sad? Would it be uncomfortable to talk about my own funeral service and burial? It was a little of both, but mostly, I felt a sense of relief. We made some big decisions, and it felt good to have these on record. By doing so, we made it easier on each other and our kids for when the time comes to pull out the “red envelop.”

Bringing a sense of comfort

Funeral preplanning Angel figure in a cemetery

Best of all, it was easy. As odd as it sounds, we even had a few laughs. James told us that people get a sense of comfort by preplanning their funerals, and that was our experience, also. I think it helped tremendously to walk into a bright and airy entrance at the funeral home on Green Bay’s West Side. Legacy’s funeral homes aren’t dark rooms with heavy curtains and mournful dirges. The high ceilings and laminate floors give Legacy Funeral Chapels in Green Bay a modern feel.

4 Steps to Funeral Preplanning

Funeral preplanning is a four-step process:

  • First, you decide what type of memorial service and funeral you want.
  • Second, you choose merchandise, like caskets or urns.
  • Third, you talk about the cost.
  • Fourth, you take home a Planning Guide to fill out with more details.

Personalizing the funeral service

In our preplanning session, we decided we wanted a visitation at the funeral home in the evening, followed by a one-hour visitation and Catholic Mass at our church the following day. James talked to us about personalizing the funeral service with a video tribute and items that represent our interests. Families have a lot to do when a death occurs, so the Legacy staff gathers the memorabilia and creates the displays. James calls it “capturing the essence of who you are.” I like that idea.

Making key decisions before a death occurs

My husband chose his casket, and I chose an urn. We talked about prayer cards, flowers, pallbearers, vaults, and more. James gave us a verbal quote of how much everything would cost, and he emailed us a written quote later in the week. We left our preplanning session with a 10-point checklist of things to do after a death occurs: meet with a lawyer, notify insurance companies, transfer real estate, etc. These will be more than enough to handle when the time comes. What a comfort to know we already made key decisions about our funeral service and burial.

So, what are you waiting for? Contact James at 920-498-1118 (Green Bay) and 920-855-2144 (Gillett) to schedule your preplanning appointment.

-Written by Joan Koehne

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