One of the greatest gifts my mother gave us was to plan ahead for her end-of-life arrangements. When I meet with people regarding their estate plan I recommend they consider pre-planning their end-of –life arrangements as well.
The information below is from the Heritage Oaks Memorial Chapel. For more information visit their website at HeritageOakseMemorialChapel.com
5 Steps Concerning Your End-of-Life Planning
Do realize that when you make decisions in advance regarding your end-of-life arrangements, you are telling your family that you care about them. Making arrangements for a loved one after they have passed away is stressful! You can remove this stress for them by taking care of your arrangements in advance. You will also have peace of mind knowing that everything is in order and you have your wishes in writing.
Here are some steps that will guide you in this process:
· Decide What You Want. What do you to have happen once you pass away? Many people are concerned about the cost. If money was not an issue, what would you like to see happen? Many people who come to Heritage Oaks are surprised at how little it will cost to do what they want. We can assist you with putting a plan into place so the money will be set aside in advance to cover the cost of your wishes.
· Keep in mind that services are for the living, not the deceased. The customary visitation, funeral or memorial celebration of life are what many family members need to bring closure after their loved one dies. Showing you care includes providing them with a formal opportunity to say goodbye and honor you together with your family and friends. It is normal for people to grieve the loss of a loved one, and this is an important first step in that grieving process.
· Decide where your final resting place will be. Local communities in Sacramento and Placer Counties have municipal cemeteries that provide a lower rate on burial plots and niches to their residents. These cemeteries are very well maintained and the cost is 40% to 60% less than commercial cemeteries. Plus, if you are a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces with an honorable discharge, you’ll appreciate knowing that you are entitled to a free burial plot or cremation niche at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, CA. We will assist your family with making the arrangements at the National Cemetery at no charge to them.
· Don’t procrastinate! Putting things off does not bring peace of mind. Once this is done, you can relax! A few minutes now will save your loved ones a lot of unnecessary pain.
· Write down your plan.
We can help you get started by providing you with a complimentary Personal Memorial Planner that will guide you through organizing the important information your family will need. We will also provide Estate Planning Tools including an Advanced Directive.
We encourage you to request our free “Personal Memorial Planner” which will not only help answer your questions, but also guide through the planning process. Please just call us to request your planner, if you have any other questions, or if you would like to set an appointment.
Call 916-791-CARE (2273) or 800-316-1987 or email,
RonHarder@HeritageOaksMC.com JimBeeding@HeritageOaksMC.com Call, or visit, Heritage Oaks Memorial Chapel, a veteran, family-owned and operated, full service funeral home & beautiful chapel serving the areas of Rocklin, Roseville, Citrus Heights, Antelope, Fair Oaks, Carmichael, Folsom, Sacramento, Elk Grove, West Sacramento, Davis, Granite Bay, Loomis, Auburn, and Lincoln.