Why Preplan

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Funeral preplanning is a loving final gift.


When a loved one passes away, it is usually an emotional time filled with difficult decisions. There are many preparations to attend to and pressing financial concerns may be looming as well. Funeral preplanning can greatly ease the strain by allowing your family members to focus their energies on healing and comforting one another. It also puts you in control of your final farewell. You can consider every element of your funeral arrangements to ensure that they reflect your personal preferences, values, and budget. In short, funeral preplanning is a smart move that delivers peace of mind for you and your loved ones.

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Relieve your family of heavy burdens. Here are some of the many important benefits of the funeral preplanning process:


You get to decide how you will be remembered.

When you preplan, you are in control of creating your unique life tribute. Maybe you had a storied career in the military that you'd like to celebrate. Or perhaps you’re an animal lover and want to encourage people to donate to local animal welfare agencies in your memory. Funeral preplanning allows you to craft a personally meaningful ceremony that honors your values and wishes. You may choose to include your family members in the planning, as well.


The details can be few or many.

Funeral preplanning is unique to each individual, giving you the ability to design your entire ceremony so that decision-making is minimized for your loved ones. It can include as few or as many details as you desire, such as:

  • Traditional funeral and burial or cremation services
  • Viewing, wake, or reception
  • Location (funeral home, place of worship, cemetery)
  • Religious/spiritual ceremony or secular gathering
  • Specific readings, music for service
  • Donation requests in lieu of flowers; memorial contributions
  • Any special requests


It offers peace of mind for those left behind.

Did you know that more than 70 details must be attended to in the first 24 hours after a loved one’s passing? That’s a lot of responsibility and decision-making amid deep grief. When you preplan, you make those first 24 hours much easier for your loved ones. A thoughtfully preplanned service can spare your family from having to face decisions that can be both emotionally and financially taxing at a time that’s already difficult. It also gives them lasting peace of mind knowing they have acted in accordance with your wishes.


Your family can save money.

The stress of making last-minute funeral arrangements often causes people to make impetuous and unnecessary purchases. By planning your arrangements in advance, it frees your family from spending more than is needed.


It eliminates the need to rush.

Preplanning provides the time needed to make detailed, deeply personal decisions that reflect your preferences and budget. You can take all the time you need to deliberate on your choices.


It's quick and effortless.

Preplanning is as simple as completing our short form or meeting with one of our staff members to put your plan in place. Anyone can preplan and you can always make changes whenever you wish.


You have options for funding.

Funeral preplanning with Evan W. Smith Funeral Services gives you the option to pay in advance. Whether it’s a one-time payment or through installments, our staff would be happy to discuss payment options with you. Prepaying for your funeral service can also save your family money. By choosing to pay now, the risk of price increases or inflation affecting the cost of your service is avoided.


When you are ready, we’ll be here.

We encourage you to explore our planning checklist to see the many options at your disposal. Then, plan online using our form or schedule a meeting with one of our staff members to discuss your personalized service details. We are here to assist you every step of the way.


Serving you is our greatest priority.

At Evan W. Smith Funeral Services, we realize that funeral prearrangement deliberations can be unsettling. Many people find that comfort in discussing their thoughts and preferences with caring funeral professionals. Our dedicated staff is experienced in helping families tailor services to meet their needs and budget and we would be honored to assist you, too. If you have any questions about funeral preplanning or would like to begin the process, please contact us today.



Whether you need to plan a funeral for a death that has occurred or are seeking to preplan arrangements, our staff is always available to assist you. Please contact us anytime.

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