Why Plan Ahead?

It's easy.

You can take your time creating arrangements that best suit your needs and preferences, and all you have to do is fill out a form or meet with a member of our staff to put your plan in place. Anyone can create a plan, at any stage in their life, and you can make changes at a later date if you wish.

It lets you decide how you'd like to be remembered.

Creating your own unique life celebration allows you to make sure that your wishes and desires are respected upon your passing. However you decide to be memorialized, pre-planning and preparation gives you control over the personal decisions that must be made when a person moves on from this life. Planning can be meaningful for your family, as well, if you choose to include them in the process. It can help them to feel connected to you both in life and in death, knowing that your arrangements reflect exactly what you envisioned them to be.

It takes the burden off of your family and friends.

When a loved one passes, the family faces an overwhelming number of tasks and decisions, all while struggling through grief and a range of difficult emotions. By taking care of your arrangements before the time of need, you’re relieving them of that burden and giving them more time and energy to focus on healing and remembrance. They won’t have to ask themselves, “Am I making the right choices?” and can instead focus on what matters: saying goodbye and celebrating your life journey with those who cared about you most.

It gives you the ability to pre-pay, if you wish.

While pre-funding your funeral is certainly not required to pre-plan, pre-payment means that your funds will be set aside for the time of need. Your family can enjoy peace of mind knowing that they are fulfilling your wishes and will not have to worry about where the money will come from to pay for your selections. We will be happy to provide you with more information and help you arrange for pre-funding of your services. The money will be deposited in Funeral Funding Trust of Kentucky. It is through the Funeral Director’s Association of Kentucky and PNC Bank master trust department.

If you or your loved one are applying for Medicaid or SSI assistance we can help you with an irrevocable trust agreement. This helps to set aside money for your service before you spend down to qualify for assistance.

Funeral Planning Declaration.

The Commonwealth of Kentucky Office of the Attorney General, by law, has created a Funeral Planning Declaration Form. This form allows the declarant to choose their funeral service or the ability to designate a person named in the form to carry out their funeral arrangements at the time of their death. This is not necessarily the legal next of kin or all the next of kin status. The form is not binding until the service has been paid for in full. Once it is paid for it becomes a binding legal document.

What if I Move?

Once you create your pre-plan with us we store it in our files as a record of your final wishes and decisions. If you move and your money is in a revocable trust you can cancel your plan and all of the money you deposited plus the interest it has earned will be refunded to you. If you are on Medicaid or SSI and the trust is irrevocable the trust fund can issue a check to the financial institution which handles the funding for the funeral home where you make your new arrangements. We can use a transfer of assets form if you switch from the trust to insurance funding.

Where Do I Start?

The first step is to review our Pre-Planning Checklist to help you consider all of your possibilities and gather all of the information you’ll need. Then, you can use our Pre-Planning Form to begin creating your personalized arrangements. You can also contact us to schedule a time to meet with a member of our staff to discuss your options and design your plan in person.

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