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Benefits of Pre-Planning

Preplanning is a Wise Choice.


The purpose of this website is to provide you with general information about  services in the sincere hope that you will contact us to discuss preplanning options. 

We are available for evening appointments to discuss and preplan all arrangements in the comfort of your home.  We pride ourselves on our services and maintaining the high level of professionalism the DeMarco Family has shown for nearly 90 years.

We understand how easy it is to put off making funeral and burial arrangements in advance of need. Nevertheless, it's clear that decisions are better made in a stress-free time. Many people have expressed to me their desire to be cremated.  Please ask yourself  "before or after a service" or my intent is for "no planned service".  Cremation, like burial or entombment, may be in the "beginning" or at the "end" of the funeral process. 

Today, we are advised to set up irrevocable trusts  to assure that tomorrow's need is secured for funeral related needs. * Irrevocable is a type of trust generally associated with medicaid availability.

Our goal in meeting with you is to explain all of your options, giving you the information and the opportunity to make choices that are most appropriate for you.  The more you know about Glenville Funeral Home, the more you will come to appreciate the difference.

"Please feel free to contact me personally by phone, e-mail, or through our contact form.  You have my personal guarantee that I will assist you in any way that I can." 

Michael E. DeMarco

Planning Ahead...

When someone we love dies, it is natural to feel shattered; that what remains of our lives is empty and pieces. The last thing your family needs at a time of crisis is the anxiety of making important choices about how you would have wanted things to be.

You can ease your family's fears and make the difficult decisions for the future by preplanning your funeral with the assistance of Glenville Funeral Home.  Investing time now affords you and your loved ones the opportunity to discuss options, rather than your loved ones making important decisions at a time of grief and mourning.

Preplanning can be a great act of consideration for every member of your family ......and leaving your requests flexible can allow survivors to make appropriate arrangements for the fulfillment of their own emotional needs. 

Communication is important.

In making arrangements for any funeral ceremony, it is important to clearly communicate your wishes.  We can help you plan a personalized service that will be a meaningful final event - a commemoration of a life lived.

Here are some questions to keep in mind as you make your decisions:

  • Do you want a period of visitation prior to the service?
  • Do you want an open or closed casket?
  • Do you want special music?
  • Do you want the ceremony at the funeral chapel or at your place of worship?
  • Do you want family and/or friends to participate in the ceremony?

Questions and answers about pre-planning and pre-paying funeral services:

Q.   What are the most common reasons for pre-planning and pre-paying funeral arrangements?
A.   Some people, especially those without relatives or friends nearby, want the assurance that their funeral will represent their beliefs and their lifestyle.  Others wish to assist their family and friends by taking care of all the arrangements in advance.

Q.   What are some other reasons?
A.   In today's society where people often travel and move from one home to another, some people pre-arrange and pre-pay their funeral to ensure a final place to return to regardless of where death may occur.  As members of professional associations and networks, we can assist your family in the event a death occurs away from home.  Another common reason people pre-pay their funeral is to spend down their assets prior to entering a nursing home.

Q.   What are some of the benefits to my family?
A.   Pre-planning eliminates any doubt in their minds concerning your wishes.  If you prepay your funeral expenses, you eliminate a debt that your estate would be required to pay before making gifts and bequests to your family.  It also locks in your services at today's prices, thus preventing escalating costs which might come at a time when family finances are less certain. 

Q.   Is it healthy to talk about death in advance?
A.   Most mental health professionals believe that it is good to acknowledge death as a reality of life.  Discussing it openly can provide a healthy outlet for relieving fears and anxiety.

Q.   My family doesn't like to talk about funerals.  How can I broach the subject with them?
A.   Talking about funerals is difficult for some people.  Yet it is likely to be even more difficult for them after a death has occurred.  By openly and frankly discussing funeral arrangements now, family members are spared the need to make important choices and decisions at a time of grief and sorrow.



Choose the way you'll be remembered

How do you want to be remembered? Maybe you had a long career in the military that you'd like to celebrate. Maybe you love animals and would like to encourage donations in your memory to your local humane society. When you pre-arrange your funeral, you put your wishes on paper so that your loved ones will know exactly how to celebrate your life and honor your memory.

Make it easier on your loved ones — emotionally and financially

Did you know that there are more than 70 details that need to be tended to in the first 24 hours after a death? Are your loved ones ready for all that responsibility?

When you pre-arrange, you make those first 24 hours easier for your loved ones. You also save them money. The stress of making last-minute funeral arrangements often causes people to make unnecessary purchases. By taking care of the arrangements yourself, you free them from spending more than they need too.

Protect yourself and your family from rising funeral costs

Like most things, funeral costs tend to rise every year. That means that a funeral today will probably cost less than the same funeral three or four years from now. Paying for your funeral now will save your loved ones money when you pass on.

Let your family know your final wishes

Pre-arrangement takes the guess work out of funeral planning. When you pre-arrange your funeral, everyone benefits. You know that your wishes will be carried out and your loved ones know exactly how to honor you.

What do you need to pre-arrange your funeral? See our Pre-Arrangement Checklist.

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Dying is one of the few events in life that's certain to occur, yet one we rarely plan for. Should we spend more time preparing for a two week vacation than we do our last days on Earth?

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