Why Preplan

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Peace of mind is a wonderful gift.

Preplanning is not only beneficial to you, but also to your family.

Rather than being burdened with difficult decisions at an emotional time, your loved ones can instead focus their energy on healing and comforting one another. Preplanning also ensures that the arrangements will reflect your precise wishes and desires. And, you can take plenty of time to make these deeply personal decisions to ensure they reflect your preferences, lifestyle, and budget. Think of it as a smart final gift to those who mean the most to you.

We’re here to help.

While most people agree that funeral preplanning is a wise choice, many have a hard time starting the process. At Evan W. Smith Funeral Services, we understand that facing the thought of your own mortality can be challenging. Many people find that they are more comfortable discussing their prearrangement decisions with funeral professionals. Our caring and dedicated staff are experienced in helping families tailor services to meet their needs and budget. We've had the privilege of assisting many families with their funeral preplanning and we would be honored to help you, too. If you have any questions about funeral preplanning or would like to begin the process, please contact us today.

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Plan for the future and put your mind at ease.

Remove the guess-work for your loved ones.

Making funeral plans at the time of death is particularly difficult because the time frame is so short and emotions are high as survivors are dealing with their grief. Not only are there many preparations to take care of, but there are also imminent financial concerns. Preplanning removes these burdens for your family. Here are five major benefits of preplanning your funeral:

Peace of mind 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 to know that they’ve acted in accordance with your wishes.

You can take your time

Preplanning provides the time needed to make detailed, personal decisions that reflect your preferences and budget. There’s no need to rush—take all the time you need to think about your choices.

It's easy

It’s as simple as completing our 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.

It puts you in control

When you preplan, you’re in control of creating a unique celebration of life. If you’d like, you can include your family members in the planning so the service reflects their wishes, as well.

You have options for funding

Funeral preplanning also offers the option to pay ahead. Whether it’s a one-time payment or through installments, our staff would be happy to discuss payment options available to you. Prepaying for your funeral service can also save your family money. By choosing to pay now, you avoid the risk of price increases or inflation affecting the cost of your service.

Are you ready to get started?

Check out 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’re here to help you every step of the way.



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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