The cemetery monument is a permanent memorial that will be visited by generations to come. Choosing a monument involves many decisions. The variety of sizes, shapes, colors and materials are nearly limitless. Selecting a monument is a decision that is both difficult and emotional. We would like to help make that decision, whether At-Need or Pre-Need easier by providing you with the information you need to make a knowledgeable choice in selecting a memorial. Sagel Bloomfield Danzansky Goldberg Funeral Home, offers complete monument services including inscriptions for all cemeteries, all expertly done. We unconditionally guarantee the finest materials and craftsmanship.
Please contact us at (301) 340-1400 for more information. We encourage you to visit our monument studio.
PRE PLANNING A FUNERAL
Honoring a life is about bringing those you love together, at a time of loss. It is a natural thing to do, and over time, has become a socially-expected practice. More importantly, a funeral or memorial service, whether traditional, or contemporary, is the first step in healing.
You can have your service anywhere, and any way, you want. Your choices include the place of celebration, day of the week, and time of day; the musical selection, what prayers will be said or songs you’d like sung. Sagel Bloomfield Danzansky Goldberg Funeral Care, Inc. can arrange to have doves, butterflies, or balloons released at the close of the service. Keepsake gifts of wildflower seeds or a tree seedling can be given. Sagel Bloomfield Danzansky Goldberg Funeral Care, Inc. will help you create the most memorable and meaningful service and abide by the traditions of your family and religion to honor your loved one including the selection of the perfect memorial stone.
When pre-planning a funeral, the family members, the clergy, Sagel Bloomfield Danzansky Goldberg Funeral Care, Inc., and the individual concerned should all be consulted. The decision as to what is appropriate should be made by the family and clergy, while the funeral director helps to facilitate the wishes of the individual. Pre-planning is not an irrevocable decision. Changes and modifications can be made even after the death occurs; however, a pre-planned funeral leaves no question as to what the deceased person would have requested.
Burial or Cremation?
You must consider choosing between burial and cremation. Usually, people are clear on this point. In fact, your loved one may have told you, or someone else, exactly how they wish to be cared for. But it can be a hard decision for some families, especially when the wishes of the deceased were never clearly stated. If that’s the case, the Sagel Bloomfield Danzansky Goldberg Funeral Care, Inc. will be able to help you come to the perfect decision for your loved one, and for you.
Once you decide, the finer details come into focus. If you’ve chosen burial, then selection of the casket, vault, headstone or plaque and desired cemetery follows.
If cremation is your choice, then you’ll need to make the next decision: whether the cremated remains will be placed in a mausoleum niche or buried on the cemetery grounds.
In some communities, there’s the option for a ‘green burial.’ If that’s what your loved one would prefer, the funeral home will help you select an environmentally-friendly choice.
What is meant by pre-planning or pre-arranging a funeral?
In many instances, the planning of a funeral takes place when a person dies. It is a time when family members are distraught and when there are many questions regarding the proper type of funeral. Pre-planning a funeral is not a morbid or an unkind act; it is however, a procedure that allows rational thought to guide one through an emotional process. Often decisions can be made in haste and not fully discussed with other family members. The idea of pre-planning a funeral developed from the need to alleviate some pressure and confusion when death occurs. In pre-planning a service, the family can take time to thoroughly discuss and evaluate all the possible options there are in having a funeral. Pre-planning is a simple process that takes into consideration the desires of the one who is planning the funeral, and the family who will be participating in the funeral.
If a funeral is pre planned, can it be pre-paid?
Pre-paying for a funeral is also an option that can be discussed among the individuals concerned. If the decision is made to pre-pay for the funeral expenses, then Sagel Bloomfield Danzansky Goldberg Funeral Care, Inc. will assist the individuals as to the proper method of securing these pre paid funds. The pre paid funeral expenses must be set up in specific types of accounts to insure proper financial protection. These pre-paid funds are not used by the funeral home until the time of the actual funeral. All pre-paid funds are set up according to the rules and regulations of all applicable governmental agencies including in the state where the individual resides. These pre-paid funds are secured in a bank and are 100% refundable with interest upon written request from the owner.
When do you pre-plan a funeral?
There is no perfect time to pre-plan a funeral. Many people begin to think about funerals and pre-planning when they are affected by a death or are in situations where death is imminent. Pre-planning a funeral can be done at any time prior to death.
How does Medicaid or SSI affect a pre planned or pre paid funeral?
Pre-paid funeral expenses are subject to the rules of the Medicaid office and are regulated if the individual is receiving assistance. If applying for Medicaid/SSI assistance, pre paying for funeral arrangements will offer the opportunity to pay for the funeral of your choice before assets are used up or reduced to meet Medicaid/SSI eligibility requirements. When dealing with Medicaid/SSI requirements and benefits, the funeral director can provide current information regarding funerals and your pending benefits.
FUNERAL PRE-PLANNING CHECKLIST
Taking Care of Finances and Property
- Create a contact list of everyone who should be notified in a medical emergency or death including the name of your funeral home.
- Give your executor(s) a copy of your will and the contact list.
- Give your executor(s) a list of bank and investment accounts, creditors, mortgage or lien information, insurance policies, retirement plans, safe deposit boxes, real and personal properties of value and all related telephone numbers.
- If you are receiving benefits from Social Security or the Veterans’ Administration, your executor needs that information to suspend benefit payments.
- Select someone you trust to deal with your online accounts: email, online memberships, and social media. Include all relevant information and whether or not they should delete, close, or keep any of the accounts.
Taking Care of Funeral-Related Details
Sagel Bloomfield Danzansky Goldberg Funeral Care, Inc. suggests the following:
- Make note of all the details you want mentioned in your obituary. You could even take this one step further and write your own obituary.
- State, in writing, your preferences for burial or cremation.
- If burial is preferred, provide the details of the cemetery arrangements. If you have not purchased a burial plot, this is the time to do so.
- If you have chosen burial, what type of casket would you like? Should it be made of wood, metal, or composite materials?
- If you choose cremation, what do you want done with the ashes?
- Would you like a traditional funeral, memorial service, or celebration-of-life?
- If you’d like a celebration-of-life, what location would you suggest for this event?
- What special activities would you prefer at a celebration-of-life?
- What music or special readings would you prefer?
- What type and colors of flowers would you prefer?
- Would you like to select a charitable organization to receive donations in your name?
- If you’re a veteran, would you like to receive full military honors as part of your service? Would you like to be buried in the grounds of a veterans’ cemetery?
Taking Care of Your Pets
If you share your life with animal companions, you should think about who you would like to take care of your pets. Consult with the person to see if this is something they are interested in doing for you and then write down your intentions and include all contact information. This should be signed and witnessed, and then given to your executor.
Final Tasks in Funeral Pre-Planning
In addition to your will, the contact list, and the list of all your online account login details and related documents should be provided to your executor.
Finally, you may want to consider paying ahead of time for your funeral choices. Speak to us about how your pre-payment monies will be handled.
You will have the peace-of-mind knowing all the details are written down and there can be no mistaking your wishes. If you need help – your funeral home will help you.