Preplanning Final Arrangements
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In The World Would I Plan My Own Final Arrangements?
by R.W. Ward, President
New Concept Consultants
Why and how do you actually make final
arrangement plans? First the why. It
is something everyone thinks about at some point. How would I want to be
treated and how will my loved ones do this? What will it look like? How
will it proceed? Will there be a lot of people? Will there be a service?
Who will come? What will they say?
Yes, everyone, at some time, maybe at the
funeral of a friend maybe in a time of sickness or fear. It is not weird
or unusual. It is because we are human and can think about what may come
and how it may come.
Lately, there has been even more attention
given to the subject. You can't change the channel fast enough on the
television to escape the fact your family is doomed unless you cover
yourself with one kind of insurance policy or another. They never will
handle the financial hardship, the commercials say, over and over. Never,
unless you sign up.
Don't get us wrong, insurance to cover death
expenses is a prudent idea and it works for you and your survivors. It is
a way to systematically put the money away and the policies can come in
handy as long as you live longer than the fine print restrictions in the
policy. So, it is one way to do it. The problem is it isn't cheap
and its hard to say how much you'll really need when it comes time for the
family to pay for you. That is, unless you know pretty close how much
they'll spend and what kind of funeral you're going to get.
Another way to go about it is to preplan with
a funeral home or cemetery. This works pretty well but again not cheap and
you will have to budget, if you can't pay for it all at once, up front of
This does provide you with the most peace of
mind one can reasonably expect when your planning or even just thinking
about your death. Not very comforting but you fix the kind of death care
you're going to get and you get to fix the price. This does drive the
regular insurance people nuts, you know. You are purchasing some
form of insurance, even at the funeral home, a modified whole life policy,
is what it technically is categorized as.
Making these types of plans is going to
become much more important to us, in the very near future. Even the way
Final Arrangements Network suggests, which is to stipulate your wishes,
even if you don't plan to spend money or are going to cover with insurance
or estate funds.
There are facts that make planning a more intelligent
concept than at any time before today. The death rate is expected to increase by 50
% or more over the next 30 years, no it isn't because the medical
profession is going to fail us, it is because after World War II we had
that thing we have all heard about "The Baby Boom". As a
results, beginning on January 1, 1997, at midnight 10,000 of us turned 50
years old. The kicker is on January 2, 1997 the same thing happened,
10,000 people turned 50. This little known fact will repeat itself every
single day, 365 of them a year, for the next 18 years! Do you wonder why
the television, newspapers, magazines, our mailboxes are inundated with
greetings from people who want to help us spend more time thinking about
our own mortality?
It is nearly a fifty billion dollar a year
business today. Over 22,000 funeral homes, Cemeteries number well
over 10,000 with public, private, religious and commercial properties
throughout the country.
If you thought, " I got it beat I'm going to be
cremated", you're joining a very fast growing club, that may be
disappointed to learn cremation arrangements aren't going down.
is growing as a choice everywhere. Remember, demand drives prices and
cremation is no exception. It isn't getting cheaper. It still is less than
regular types of death care choices but remember, if you die you aren't
going to be negotiating a whole lot about this.
Alright, what do you do? You, plan everything.
Get a good idea of what you'd like to take place for your moment of
honored dignity. Get a handle on what it will cost. If you want to take
out an insurance policy to cover it or you want to make sure there is
enough in your accounts to cover, go ahead. Remember to figure in you
probably are going to be around awhile, so whatever it cost, will probably
double in 10 years. Before the Boom to Bust stock market and high
inflation of the last twenty years, death care costs generally doubled
every 8 years. Since we know there will be, nearly 1,500,000, more deaths
per year over the next 30 years, because of "Baby Boom" we
mentioned early, it won't get cheaper.
This is where we come in. We show you what you
need to have in a comprehensive arrangement plan and we offer a way to
make sure it could get to the loved ones who will have to implement your
plan, when the time comes. You, will also get a very good idea of what you
may have to pay, once you know what you want. If you decided to negotiate a
preplan with a Funeral Director or Cemetarian and take inflation and
second guessing out of the equation, you're going to know just about
everything before you make that call to set up.
We also can give you a way to save
substantially on things like plots, niches, services, monuments, etc. The
Cemetery Registry lists property and goods, dealing with death care, that
are often outstanding values. If you decide to buy pre-need you have a
great vehicle to help you.
So, bottom line, you use us to make a final
arrangement plan. You let us keep it in a non internet access, privacy
protected electronic safety deposit box, i.e. offline database with
password or encryption protection. We give you a driver's license type
card with your name on it and the name of whom you want to take care of
your plan when it has to be done. When the time comes your card gets used.
Your representative gets told. They contact us, giving the proper
identification, of course. We send the file document you will have faxed
us, when you opened your Private File Account.
Incidentally, it won't matter were your
representative is on the planet. They only have to have access to a
computer or fax machine and let us know the number. In moments everything
you kept in your file, you wanted them to have is on its way. From there
they can make your plans or contact those people you preplanned with. Your
plans never get lost in that bottom drawer only you knew about.
Your family isn't going to go through the
added stress of trying to do the things they thought you would want,
spending more than you would, out of guilt. You will have told them
everything they needed to know and something you're telling them even in
that dark moment of tragedy. I did really care.