Planning AheadPre-planning may prevent disagreement among survivors at an emotionally charged time and can assure that emotional over-spending does not occur. By preplanning and prefunding cemetery and funeral arrangements, you may be creating exempt assets should you ever have to go on public assistance.
Pre-planning your burial arrangements can bring peace of mind to you and your family. It ensures that your wishes are known and that your survivors will be spared making last-minute decisions under stress.
A Catholic Cemeteries family services counselor is available to arrange a convenient time to meet with you and inform you about burial options. There is no obligation to make a purchase. Call our office at 651-228-9991 to arrange an appointment.
What is pre-planning?
Pre-planning is making your cemetery and funeral arrangements prior to your death. This allows your wishes to be known, thus eliminating an incredible burden on your loved ones during the very stressful and painful hours after your death. Pre-planning is a concrete sign of your love for surviving family members. Catholic Cemeteries family services counselors are trained to assist you in this important task.
What are the benefits of pre-planning?
The most obvious benefit is that you will relieve your loved ones of the burden of making your cemetery and funeral arrangements at a time of tremendous grief. Your advance planning will give your family the guidance they need to feel comfortable that they are carrying out the decisions you made.
The costs of cemetery property have been escalating at the rate of 100% every ten years. By purchasing in advance, you are locking in a today’s pricing.
At what age should I consider preplanning cemetery and funeral arrangements?
Adults of any age who make their own decisions should have a plan. Like your will, it can be revised throughout your life as needs change. In general, the earlier you pre-plan the more options you have. Your cemetery and funeral options will probably never cost less than they do today. Statistics show that 43% of all deaths are unexpected; we are not guaranteed any tomorrows.
In our culture, few families are comfortable discussing death and loss. This is just one of those things that does not get easier as time goes by. Now is the best time for you to get your plan in order.
Why should I choose to be buried in a Catholic cemetery?
First and foremost, Catholic cemeteries are a vital part of our Church’s heritage of caring for and burying the bodies of the dead in blessed ground — one of the corporal works of mercy.
Since our cemeteries are an extension of the ministry provided in your parish community, our Catholic cemeteries are gathering places of remembrance, consolation and communal support. The Eucharist is celebrated in the cemeteries at times during the year. Religious symbols, which are expressive of our heritage of faith, are seen throughout our cemeteries. A caring staff dedicated to the mission of serving God’s people tends the grounds and offices.
Choosing a Catholic cemetery as a final resting place is a statement of your belief that, even in death, the people of God await the resurrection of the body and everlasting life. Your Catholic cemetery gives you a place where your loved ones can come to remember you and all generations past and future.
What are my cemetery options?
The Catholic Cemeteries offers both traditional ground, above-ground and cremation burial options as well as private family mausoleums. For more on the range of options, click here.
What does it cost to be buried in a Catholic cemetery?
The many options available vary in cost. That is why our professionally trained counselors are available to assist you in finding the option that is right for your family. The Catholic Cemeteries offers several payment options for cemetery property for those who pre-plan.
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