Pre-Planning: The Time Is Now

By: James Donofrio
Wednesday, February 21, 2024

No one likes to think about their death. Contemplating our mortality is an uncomfortable and often avoided topic. However, taking the time to pre-plan your funeral services is one of the most caring acts you can do for your loved ones. We at Blair Mazzarella Funeral Home provide pre-planning services and believe the time is now.

Why The Time Is Now To Pre-Plan

Making your final wishes known in advance allows your family to grieve without the added stress of rushing to make arrangements during an emotionally difficult time. There are several advantages to pre-planning, such as:

  • When you pre-plan, you make all the decisions about your funeral in advance - the type of service, casket, vault, cemetery plot, and personalized touches. You can design a meaningful service that reflects your values, hobbies, and personality. Rather than having your family guess what you would have wanted, you give them peace of mind that your wishes are being followed to the letter.
  • Pre-planning also locks in costs for services at today's prices. This protects your estate and loved ones from potentially rising funeral expenses. Planning gives you time to research funeral homes, compare prices, and make informed choices to stay within your budget.
  • A benefit of pre-planning is reducing the urgent decisions and arrangements your family must make immediately after your passing. By making selections for your service now, you lift an immense burden off their shoulders during their grief. They can focus on celebrating your life and legacy rather than scrambling to assemble a funeral on short notice.

Discuss This With Loved Ones

When considering pre-planning, include your family in the conversation, as their input is valuable. Share your wishes openly and make sure they know where documents detailing your plans are located. Many people choose to prepay funeral costs as well. Ensure trusted loved ones know what has been paid for and the name of your chosen funeral provider.

Every adult, regardless of age or health, should take the time now to pre-plan their final farewell. Don't wait until it's too late to make your wishes known. Pre-planning gives you control over how you'll be honored and remembered while providing immense relief to those you leave behind. The time to pre-plan is now - your future self and loved ones will be grateful you did.

For more information on pre-planning, the time is now; call Blair Mazzarella Funeral Home at (718) 282-1164 or via this online form

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