Planning a funeral can be an emotional time, but it shouldn’t be needlessly stressful or scary. A professional undertaker, or funeral director, is someone who can walk you through any questions that you have in a comforting way–effectively providing you with a support system to help you understand this final step in life. Whether you choose cremation or burial, our trusted and confidential team will support your needs even if you don’t know how to get started.

 

First Things First

Preplanning your own funeral or planning the funeral of a loved one requires several steps, and gaining understanding of your options upfront is a critical step towards moving forward. Yes, you can plan a personalized and meaningful service even if you’ve never planned a funeral before.

 

Documentation

One of the questions you should ask your funeral director is what type of documentation you will need before you begin funeral planning. They will likely give you a short list, plus supplemental information that you will need if you are planning a special service for a veteran or other public servant.

You’ll need:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Military Discharge Papers (if applicable)
  • Funeral Pre-arrangement documents
  • Last Will and Testament and any Codicils
  • Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care (if applicable)
  • Revocable Living Trust

Your undertaker can help guide you through all of the necessary questions and help you to find their answers to make the planning process as smooth as possible for you and your family.

 

Cost

One of the critical questions many people ask their undertaker is how much their funeral will cost. This is a very valid question, and one that requires special attention by all parties. When you share your budget requirements with Mountain View Funeral Home directors and staff, they will do all they can to only recommend items that fall within your budget. Trust accounts and insurance are all ways to keep costs under control when you are pre-planning your service.

 

Embalming

Embalming may sound like a scary concept, but it is a very useful step in preparation of the body that sanitizes and preserves the body–and is a critical step when family or friends require several days to come to a viewing or memorial service.

While there are hundreds of other questions you may think of, your friendly and knowledgeable undertaker will be able to help you understand your options and guide you through your selections. Contact Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery today to learn more.